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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 1: Global Policing Studies: A Prospective Field
The social scientific study of policing is now more than half a century old. Since the pioneering work of William Westley in the 1950s and Michael Banton in the 1960s scholarly research and reflection on policing has mushroomed into an established sub-field of the social sciences. Such research now takes place in universities, think-tanks, government agencies and inside police departments. A great deal has been learned about the police mandate, styles and effectiveness, about the use and social and spatial distribution of coercive force, about the training of officers and cultures of police organizations, about racist and sexist practices, about governance and accountability, and about cultural representations of policing ...