Police in Africa : The Street Level View

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BEEK, Jan, ed., Mirco GÖPFERT, ed., Olly OWEN, ed., Jonny STEINBERG, ed., 2017. Police in Africa : The Street Level View. London:Hurst & Company. ISBN 978-1-84904-577-3

@book{Beek2017Polic-39532, isbn={978-1-84904-577-3}, publisher={Hurst & Company}, title={Police in Africa : The Street Level View}, year={2017}, address={London}, editor={Beek, Jan and Göpfert, Mirco and Owen, Olly and Steinberg, Jonny} }

Beek, Jan Göpfert, Mirco Steinberg, Jonny Police in Africa : The Street Level View London 2017 2017-07-07T11:09:48Z 978-1-84904-577-3 2017-07-07T11:09:48Z State police forces in Africa are a curiously neglected subject of study, even within the framework of security issues and African states. This book brings together criminologists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, political scientists and others who have engaged with police forces across the continent and the publics with whom they interact to provide street-level perspectives from below and inside Africa’s police forces. The contributors consider historical trajectories and particular configurations of police power within wider political systems, then examine the ‘inside view’ of police forces as state institutions – the challenges, preoccupations, professional ethics and self-perceptions of police officers – and finally look at how African police officers go about their work in terms of everyday practices and engagements with the public.<br /><br />The studies span the continent, from South Africa to Sierra Leone, and illustrate similarities and differences in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone states, post-socialist, post-military and post-conflict contexts, and amid both centralisation and devolution of policing powers, democratic transitions and new illiberal regimes, all the while keeping a strong ethnographic focus on police officers and their work. Owen, Olly Hurst & Company eng

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