In this episode, Megan Eardley interviews the investigative journalist and veteran beat reporter Caryn Dolley about the use of biometric and building surveillance devices in organized crime networks. With reference to her journalism and research for her book “The Enforcers” (2019), Dolley describes the movement of illicit and counterfeit goods through night clubs and the duplication of the state security apparatus in post-Apartheid South Africa.

  • “These deals are happening around us, and there really is no separation in terms of space.”

  • “Dolley spoke about the role of the door not as a threshold, but as a market where political projects and legal structures are renegotiated by men that are deeply invested in the status quo.”

  • “The blueprint that they established is not architectural blueprint per say, but it does operate like a blueprint in the way that it anticipates and creates a map. It worked to bind law enforcement to multiple political systems.”

  • “There is no separation between the underworld and the world everyone else lives in. Its part and parcel. I don’t see the Longstreet my friends will see. I see a streets slash land that is dominated by organized criminals, whereas my friends will see an entertainment hub.”

  • “Some scholars have even argued that the use of biometric devices transfers the border to our bodies, and helps states secure a monopoly on the means of movement.”


Ethan Curtis, Arianna Corradi, and Joseph Bedford

Issue Guest Editor
Megan Eardley

Senior Editors
Joseph Bedford and Curt Gambetta

Trudy Watt

Caryn Dolley

Megan Eardley