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 18: Policing after Colonialism
Policing after Colonialism
Today, a substantial part of the global population lives with policing arrangements strongly marked by the heritage of colonial rule. This is particularly true in Africa, South and South-East Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific, but not exclusively so – colonial policing also shaped the present East Asian nations such as Taiwan, in many states of the Middle East, and in European states including Cyprus and Northern Ireland. In fact, many more nations’ police systems fit the postcolonial description than resemble the Anglo-American policing model held as globally normative within police studies. Moreover, they are the global norm in terms of the absolute numbers of people who interact with them and their practices on a daily basis: In ...