Development of the Concept of “Political Profiling”: Citizenship and Police Repression of Protest in Quebec

  • Francis Dupuis-Déri
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Abstract

Francis Dupuis-Déri argues that police abuse includes the profiling and repression of citizens based on their political perspectives. This is what he calls “political profiling.” Such targeted police abuse defines the boundaries of citizens’ acceptable political perspectives, even in established democracies. Using a case study of Quebec (Canada), this chapter examines how the concept of political profiling developed in the public sphere in the 2000s. It traces the relations between the police forces and social movements in the 2000s, assesses the main academic studies discussing relations between the police and social movements in Canada and Quebec, explains the history of the emergence of different concepts of profiling (criminal, racial, social, political), and captures the level of dissemination of the term “political profiling” today.

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author wishes to thank his colleagues Céline Bellot, Paul Eid, and Fo Niemi of the Observatoire sur les profilages racial, social et politique (Observatory of racial, social, and political profiling in the public space) for their help with the research, as well as the master’s candidates that he is supervising or co-supervising whose reflections and research enriched the discussion presented in this text and encouraged the continuation of the study of the police: Guillaume Faucher, Lynda Khelil, David L’Écuyer, Tristan Ouimet-Savard, and Bernard St-Jacques. Thank you as well to Pascal Dominique-Legault, doctoral student in sociology at the Université Laval for the very stimulating discussions, as well as for the Observatoire for its financial support for the translation, and the translator Sarah Igelfeld, for her work.

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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversité du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada

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