Amy C. Offner & Stuart Schrader



Please join us in welcoming 

Amy C. Offner & Stuart Schrader

for a discussion of their new books

SORTING OUT THE MIXED ECONOMY
&
BADGES WITHOUT BORDERS

About SORTING OUT THE MIXED ECONOMY

In the years after 1945, a flood of U.S. advisors swept into Latin America with dreams of building a new economic order and lifting the Third World out of poverty. These businessmen, economists, community workers, and architects went south with the gospel of the New Deal on their lips, but Latin American realities soon revealed unexpected possibilities within the New Deal itself. In Colombia, Latin Americans and U.S. advisors ended up decentralizing the state, privatizing public functions, and launching austere social welfare programs. By the 1960s, they had remade the country’s housing projects, river valleys, and universities. They had also generated new lessons for the United States itself. When the Johnson administration launched the War on Poverty, U.S. social movements, business associations, and government agencies all promised to repatriate the lessons of development, and they did so by multiplying the uses of austerity and for-profit contracting within their own welfare state. A decade later, ascendant right-wing movements seeking to dismantle the midcentury state did not need to reach for entirely new ideas: they redeployed policies already at hand.

In this groundbreaking book, Amy Offner brings readers to Colombia and back, showing the entanglement of American societies and the contradictory promises of midcentury statebuilding. The untold story of how the road from the New Deal to the Great Society ran through Latin America, Sorting Out the Mixed Economy also offers a surprising new account of the origins of neoliberalism.

About BADGES WITHOUT BORDERS

From the Cold War through today, the U.S. has quietly assisted dozens of regimes around the world in suppressing civil unrest and securing the conditions for the smooth operation of capitalism. Casting a new light on American empire, Badges Without Borders shows, for the first time, that the very same people charged with global counterinsurgency also militarized American policing at home.

In this groundbreaking exposé, Stuart Schrader shows how the United States projected imperial power overseas through police training and technical assistance—and how this effort reverberated to shape the policing of city streets at home. Examining diverse records, from recently declassified national security and intelligence materials to police textbooks and professional magazines, Schrader reveals how U.S. police leaders envisioned the beat to be as wide as the globe and worked to put everyday policing at the core of the Cold War project of counterinsurgency. A “smoking gun” book, Badges without Borders offers a new account of the War on Crime, “law and order” politics, and global counterinsurgency, revealing the connections between foreign and domestic racial control.

AMY C. OFFNER is assistant professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the author of Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas (Princeton, 2019).  Her current book project, The Disappearing Worker, is a transnational history of the unraveling of the employment relationship since 1945.

STUART SCHRADER is the Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship and a Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing (California, 2019). His writing has also appeared in The BafflerBoston ReviewJacobinNACLA Report on the Americas, and Times Higher Education.


 
Event date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas Cover Image
$47.94
ISBN: 9780691190938
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 17th, 2019

Badges without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing (American Crossroads #56) Cover Image
$41.94
ISBN: 9780520295629
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Published: University of California Press - October 15th, 2019