Dr. Jan Beek




Jan Beek leads the research project ‘Policing as a practice of categorisation – Reciprocal ascriptions in the control of public spaces’ at the department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He has worked on policing, state bureaucracies, cybercrime, the anthropology of fraud, transregional connections and collaborative research methods. He authored the book ‘Stateness: Police work in Ghana’ and co-edited ‘Police in Africa: the Street Level View’. Based on fieldwork in Ghana, Kenya, India, Niger and Germany, he has published in journals such as Africa, Ethnography, Journal of Modern African Studies and Social Anthropology.

Policing race, ethnicity and culture

Policing race, ethnicity and culture: Ethnographic perspectives across Europe

Edited by Jan Beek, Thomas Bierschenk, Annalena Kolloch and Bernd Meyer

Manchester University Press – 2023

Bureaucratic Practices and Cultural Difference

Bureaucratic Practices and Cultural Difference
SOCIOLOGUS. Journal of Social Anthropology vol 70, 1 (2020)

Jan Beek & Thomas Bierschenk: Bureaucrats as Para-Ethnologists: The Use of Culture in State Practices (introduction)

Mathilde Darley & Anne Dölemeyer: Caring for Victims of Human Trafficking: Staging and Bridging Cultural Differences in Germany and France

Anna Ellmer: Caring for Equality? Administering Ambivalence in Kindergarten

Julia Leser: The Category of ‘Culture’ in Vice Squad Policing

Katrin Sowa: Cultural Profiling During Passport Control: Ugandan Migration Officers’ Informal Selection Practices

An Anthropology of Defrauding and Faking

An Anthropology of Defrauding and Faking. Special section, edited by Jan Beek, Cassis KIlian and Matthias Krings, Social Anthropology 27.3, 2019. ...>