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.

Policing Difference

Policing Difference

Policing Difference
Vanessa Barker


In the spring of 2013, Husby, an ethnically diverse suburb outside Stockholm, was at the center of one the largest urban unrests in Sweden since the 1960s. For four nights, young people took to the streets, set cars on fire, and pelted stones at the police and the firefighters sent in to quell the flames. Commentators were quick to blame high unemployment rates for the violence while political leaders pointed to troubled youth as the problem. But these were not bread riots, though economic grievances certainly played a part in this working class neighborhood. Nor were they the violent pranks of juvenile delinquents or the work of outside agitators. These were locals rooted in a particular neighborhood taking aim at ...

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