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Policing the Frontier: An Ethnography of Two Worlds in Niger

Mirco Göpfert

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747212
eISBN:
9781501747236
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747212.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This book explores what it means to be a gendarme investigating cases, writing reports, and settling disputes in rural Niger. At the same time, the book looks at the larger bureaucracy and the ... More


The Master Plan and Other Documents

Matthew S. Hull

in Government of Paper: The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520272149
eISBN:
9780520951884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520272149.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines the spatial organization of Islamabad as well as the separations and linkages that bureaucratic documentation creates between state and society. It details the “Master Plan” for ... More


Readying for Departure: Paperwork and Procedures

Cong Ellen Zhang

in Transformative Journeys: Travel and Culture in Song China

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833992
eISBN:
9780824870522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833992.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter focuses on travel-related bureaucratic formalities. Before they could embark on their new assignments, Song civil servants were subject to many formal procedures. In addition to the pro ... More


A History of the Gendarmerie in Niger

Mirco Göpfert

in Policing the Frontier: An Ethnography of Two Worlds in Niger

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501747212
eISBN:
9781501747236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501747212.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter traces the history of the Nigerien gendarmerie. The gendarmes and their colonial predecessors—the tirailleurs, méharistes, gardes de cercle, and colonial gendarmes—have always worked in ... More


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