"Vagrant Figures" by Sal Nicolazzo

Vagrant Figures Law, Literature, and the Origins of the Police Sal Nicolazzo

Series:
The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
23 Feb 2021
ISBN:
9780300241310
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
320 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
3 b-w illus.

In this innovative book examining eighteenth-century literary treatments of policing and vagrancy, Nicolazzo reveals the narrative, textual, and rhetorical practices that shaped the purview and scope of policing long before the establishment of the modern police force. Arguing that the legitimacy of the police was built upon the much older legal category of vagrancy, Nicolazzo traces vagrancy through an expansive, transatlantic archive that reveals the everyday theorization of local security and welfare to be crucial to an expanding racial capitalism.

Sal Nicolazzo is assistant professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.