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Police And Cultural Defense: Upholding Public Order In Rural Bavaria In The 1950s

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The American occupation had attempted to circumscribe German police activity to crime control and public safety. Teresa H.’s experience, however, highlights the way in which the Landpolizei was still intimately involved in many aspects of both “administrative policing” and the surveillance of routine non-criminal community life into the 1950s. New Bavarian police legislation that appeared in 1954 took the limits on police structure laid out in the Police Organization Law of 1952 (POG) and explored further their effect on police powers. Starting in the later nineteenth century, many industrialized societies began professing a desire to guarantee healthy and nutritious standards for the food made available to large populations. However, such “objective” welfare and safety functions tended to operate through the subjective prisms of projects of cultural defense and received definitions of “wholesomeness”.

Keywords: administrative policing; Bavarian police legislation; cultural defense; German police activity; Police Organization Law of 1952 (POG)



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