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Death of a Traveller: A Counter-Investigation


ISBN13: 9781509547418
Published: May 2021
Publisher: Polity Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £15.99



Despatched in 4 to 6 days.

It is a simple story. A 37-year-old man belonging to the Traveller community is shot dead by a special unit of the French police on the family farm where he was hiding since he failed to return to prison after temporary release. The officers claim self-defence. The relatives, present at the scene, contest that claim. A case is opened, and it concludes with a dismissal that is upheld on appeal. Dismayed by these decisions, the family continues the struggle for truth and justice.

Giving each account of the event the same credit, Didier Fassin conducts a counter-investigation, based on the re-examination of all the available details and on the interviews of its protagonists. A critical reflection on the work of police forces, the functioning of the justice system, and the conditions that make such tragedies possible and seldom punished, Death of a Traveller is also an attempt to restore to these marginalized communities what they are usually denied: respectability.

Didier Fassin is the James D. Wolfensohn Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Director of studies at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris and a Professor on the Annual Chair of Public Health at the Collège de France.

Subjects:
Criminal Law, Police and Public Order Law, General Interest
Contents:
Acknowledgments
A Simple Story. Preface to the English Edition
Terminological Note
Preamble
Prologue
I. The Father
II. The First Officer
III. The Mother
IV. The Second Officer
V. The Doctor
VI. The Sister
VII. The Prosecutor
VIII. The Journalist
IX. Dignity
X. Campaign
XI. Mourning
XII. Biography
XIII. Investigation
XIV. Dismissal
XV. Truth
XVI. Lies
XVII. Reconstruction
XVIII. That Day
Epilogue;