This ethnographic study of Police Community Support Officers aims to draw upon participant observation of the street-level interaction between state actors and ‘alternative publics’ (homeless people, sex workers, etc.) in urban spaces in Cardiff, UK. It will build on the notion of ‘alternative publics’ as an obstruction to the accepted and encouraged (consumer) mobilities in Cardiff city centre, and consider how their existence has constructed particular street care rhythms. As such, it explores how the consumptive processes of the city marginalise said ‘alternative publics’. In sum, it intends to analyse how the urban rhythms of ‘beat’ patrol can be considered an exercise of ‘street-level politics’, and how this affects the mobilities of urban publics.
Start date:October 2015
Research Topic:PCSOs as ‘the State on the street’: the rhythm of ‘the beat’ and the effects of the politics of urban repair on ‘alternative publics’ in urban spaces. (Working title)
Research Supervisor:Dr Robin Smith, Dr Tom Hall
Supervising school:School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship