Zero Tolerance in Catalonia. Policing the Other in Public Space

Miguel Angel Fernandez Gonzalez

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Recent studies have argued for more nuanced understandings of zero tolerance (ZT) polic‑ing, rendering it essential to analyze the significance and actual workings of the policies in practice, including the context in which they are introduced. This article aims to accom‑plish this through a comparison of two case studies in Catalonia: one in the neighbor‑hood of Raval in Barcelona and one in Salt—a municipality in the comarca (or county) of Girona. We identify a transformation in the use of ZT policies in Catalonia and a con‑tradiction between their social effects and proclaimed objectives. This article attempts to address how specific sociocultural groups gain power and privilege from these policies. The main argument is that a set of commonsensical ideas have become hegemonic, which allows and naturalizes certain sociocultural practices in urban space, while persecuting oth‑ers, fundamentally pitting two categories against each other: the desired civil citizen and the undesirable and uncivil stranger
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Criminology
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2020


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