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.

Police, Crime and Order: The Case of Stop and Search

Police, Crime and Order: The Case of Stop and Search

Police, Crime and Order: The Case of Stop and Search
Ben BradfordIan Loader


What is the social purpose of the police and how does and should this purpose relate to the ways in which police power is controlled and governed? How central to that purpose is the control and investigation of crime? Or are the police invested with a more omnibus function pertaining to the reproduction of social order – whether that be a ‘specific order’ protecting class and other sectional interests and/or a ‘general order’ from which all citizens of a polity benefit (Marenin 1982)? One view is that the primary activity of the police is crime – investigating offences and ...

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