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The "Foreignization" Of Occupation Crime, The Development Of An Identity Regime, And The Postwar Emergence Of Authoritarian Policing

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Throughout the occupation and beyond, the police were able to employ authoritarian methods that had a huge impact on the lives of many Germans without experiencing an irretrievable degradation of their legitimacy. Crucial to this “success story” was a conceptual link that developed between police authoritarianism and what might be called the “foreignization” of criminality the tendency on the part of the mainstream Bavarian rural population to interpret all threats to public order as the work of hostile “outsiders” with unprecedented levels of access and freedom of movement in the Bavarian countryside. The Landpolizei did not unreservedly share the perception that postwar disorder was primarily the work of foreigners. Policy related to the foreignizing of crime was decisively shaped by the continued evolution after the war of the police-controlled identity card and residence registration system.

Keywords: authoritarian policing; Bavarian rural population; foreignization; identity regime; occupation crime; residence registration system



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