Universität KonstanzExzellenzcluster „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“

Neuerscheinung: Police in Africa. Herausgegeben von Jan Beek, Mirco Göpfert, Olly Owen und Jonny Steinberg

28. Juli 2017


The Street Level View
London: Hurst Publishers 2017

State police forces in Africa are a curiously neglected subject of study, even within the framework of security issues and African states. This book brings together criminologists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, political scientists and others who have engaged with police forces across the continent and the publics with whom they interact to provide street-level perspectives from below and inside Africa’s police forces. The contributors consider historical trajectories and particular configurations of police power within wider political systems, then examine the ‘inside view’ of police forces as state institutions – the challenges, preoccupations, professional ethics and self-perceptions of police officers – and finally look at how African police officers go about their work in terms of everyday practices and engagements with the public.

The studies span the continent, from South Africa to Sierra Leone, and illustrate similarities and differences in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone states, post-socialist, post-military and post-conflict contexts, and amid both centralisation and devolution of policing powers, democratic transitions and new illiberal regimes, all the while keeping a strong ethnographic focus on police officers and their work. (Verlag)

Jan Beek ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt M.

Dr. des. Mirco Göpfert ist akademischer Mitarbeiter bei der Professur für Ethnologie und Kulturanthropologie der Universität Konstanz und ehemaliger Fellow des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Kollegs Konstanz (2015).

Dr. Olly Owen ist Research Fellow am Department für Internationale Entwicklung der Universität Oxford.

Prof. Jonny Steinberg ist Associate Professor für Afrikanische Kriminologie an der Universität Oxford.