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NCJ Number: 185391 Find in a Library
Title: Social Police and the Mechanisms of Prevention: Patrick Colquhoun and the Condition of Poverty
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:40  Issue:4  Dated:Autumn 2000  Pages:710-726
Author(s): Mark Neocleous
Editor(s): Geoffrey Pearson
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article reassesses the work of Patrick Colquhoun by reconsidering his notion of crime prevention by arguing that Colquhoun has been badly served by having his notion of prevention understood in light of the emergence of the new police in Great Britain in 1829.
Abstract: This has obscured the importance of poverty, indigence, and political economy to Colquhoun's understanding of police. The author suggests that Colquhoun's work should be of interest as much to the discipline of social policy as to police studies, and he uses this argument as a springboard into a wider argument concerning historical, political, and conceptual links between police and social policy as mechanisms for fashioning the market. The major suggestion is that the concept of a "social police" may be a useful way to understand these links. The primary aim of a social police is to understand the ways in which policing extends well beyond a uniformed force for the prevention and detection of crime. 59 references and 5 footnotes
Main Term(s): Police research
Index Term(s): Economic influences; Foreign police; Great Britain/United Kingdom; History of policing; Police crime-prevention; Political influences; Poverty and crime; Sociological analyses
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