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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.

Literature and Global Policing
Literature and Global Policing
James Purdon
INTRODUCTION

Recent literary theory has demanded a great deal from the concept of policing. Ever since Michel Foucault popularized the idea that the police should be understood not as a single institution, still less as a group of state employees possessing individual agency, but rather as a much more widespread and abstract ‘system of regulation', it has become commonplace to think of other social and cultural systems, from medicine and education to literature and criticism, as covert forms of a pervasive police order in which the activities of the so-called ‘petty police’ play only a small part (Foucault, 1984: 241). If readers and critics have grown used to thinking about the policing functions of a wide range ...

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