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The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing examines and critically retraces the field of policing studies by posing and exploring a series of fundamental questions to do with the concept and institutions of policing and their relation to social and political life in today's globalized world. The volume is structured in the following four parts: Part One: Lenses Part Two: Social and Political Order Part Three: Legacies Part Four: Problems and Problematics. By bringing new lines of vision and new voices to the social analysis of policing, and by clearly demonstrating why policing matters, the Handbook will be an essential tool for anyone in the field.
Chapter 29: Global Policing and Mobility: Identity, Territory, Sovereignty
Global Policing and Mobility: Identity, Territory, Sovereignty
In his seminal study, Seeing Like a State, J.C. Scott observes that the effort to control mobile populations – sedentarization – seems to have been ‘a perennial state project – perennial, in part, because it so seldom succeeded’ (1998: 1). While the premodern state was partially blind, and lacked knowledge of its territory and its subjects, modern states define ‘legibility as a central problem in statecraft’ (1998: 2). Historically, attempts at controlling and policing mobility form part of a development towards modern statehood and involve, among others, the creation of instruments such as passports, ID cards, deployment of border control regimes and customs systems (Torpey, 2000; Caplan ...