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NCJ Number: NCJ 241259     Find in a Library
Title: State and Substate Policing in Africa and the Boundaries Between Them
Journal: Global Crime  Volume:13  Issue:4  Dated:November 2012  Pages:276 to 292
Author(s): Bruce Baker
Date Published: 11/2012
Page Count: 17
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses state and substate policing.
Abstract: Following an overview of the diverse substate policing sector in Africa and the main changes taking place within it, there follows an examination of the complex and dynamic boundaries between state and substate. The boundaries are at times imagined. States are constantly engaged in constructing an image of policing and its boundaries that does not correspond with reality. The boundaries are also permeable: authority, activities and agents pass across the boundary. State and substate are not clearly separated. Such is the geographical overlapping of policing agencies that Africans commonly move into and out of spheres of policing providers. The boundaries are also shifting. Boundaries between public and private, between legal and illegal and between state and substate are subject to ongoing power struggles and negotiation that result in change and reconstruction. The article concludes with some remarks about the potential and risks of utilizing substate policing agencies. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Security ; State regulations ; Africa
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