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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.

The Anthropology of Police
The Anthropology of Police
Kevin G. Karpiak
INTRODUCTION

Despite its foundational ties with many of the disciplines traditionally associated with police studies – cognate disciplines such as comparative legal science, sociology, political science, and criminology – the discipline of anthropology has only recently seen the emergence of a topical subfield interested specifically in the ethnographic description and broader theorization of policing. This lacuna can be attributed to several factors intimately tied to the discipline's core self-understanding, chief among them its historical role as a discipline whose raison d'être rests upon serving within the interdisciplinary ecumene as specialists in the study of non-Western, small-scale, pre-modern societies existing outside, or at most only in parallel to, state formations. Ancillary to this self-definition has been a ...

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