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.

Global Policing and the Nation-State

Global Policing and the Nation-State
Michael C. Williams


Taking the nation-state as a starting point for thinking about global policing is at once problematic and indispensable. The problems with doing so are well-rehearsed and easily stated. The very concept of the nation-state is a hybrid whose rhetorical prevalence only masks its actual complexities.1 Nation and state are often presented as two quite different concepts and social entities – the former ideational and affective, the latter concrete and institutional – and only rarely (if indeed ever) are they seamlessly fused in social reality. Rather than a solid starting point, in other words, the nation-state should stand as a puzzle, not simply as a foundation; and the complex entwinements, tensions, and divergences between ...

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