October 18, 2022
3:45 pm to 5:30 pm
Online via Zoom
Lecturer in the Paris’ École Supérieure des Professions Immobilières, and researcher in the ESPI Research in Real Estate (ESPI2R) laboratory
The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) invite you to a workshop on:
Lawless order? Regulations, illegalism, and security guardsmanship in Delhi
Damien Carriere, Lecturer in the Paris’ Ecole Superieure des Professions Immobilieres, and researcher in the ESPI Research in Real Estate (ESPI2R) laboratory.
The session will also be live-streamed on the CPR Facebook page. You can access it by clicking on the link above.
About the Talk
In major cities of South Asia, millions of security guards are deployed in front of every office, every shopping mall and on the streets of middle-class neighborhoods. Their numbers are said to exceed a quarter of a million in Delhi alone, but the legality of their work is rarely questioned. Based on my doctoral fieldwork, the article describes how the dominant classes in Delhi ignore or subvert laws and regulations — which are anyway unenforceable — and appropriate for themselves the control of public space. This goes alongside a rejection of police forces who are deemed too violent and too corrupt to serve their desires. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Skill development and Entrepreneurship taps on the presence of guards to fulfill its numeric targets of training imparted, even if the training they put in place contravene the regulations set in the Private Security Agency Regulations Act. These contradictions should not, however, be seen as an incoherence, but as a way to “make it work”. Through a discussion of Foucault’s concept of illegalism, I suggest that the functioning of security guardsmanship of Delhi hinges on an illegalism of the upper classes that facilitates their domination over the urbanscape of Delhi.
About the Speaker
Damien Carrière is currently a lecturer in the Paris’ École Supérieure des Professions Immobilières, and researcher in the ESPI Research in Real Estate (ESPI2R) laboratory. He is an associate researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences Studies on the African, American and Asian worlds (CESSMA ) and in the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM). He completed his Ph.D in Geography from the University of Minnesota and the University of Paris 7.
Find all the available videos of our previous workshops, here