Private Security and the Modern State: Historical and Comparative Perspectives, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Private Security and the Modern State

Historical and Comparative Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by David Churchill, Dolores Janiewski, Pieter Leloup


304 pages

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Hardback: 9780367183493
pub: 2020-04-08
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Based on extensive research in several international contexts, this volume provides a nuanced assessment of the historical evolution of private security and its fluid, contested, and mutually constitutiverelationship with state agencies, public policing, and the criminal justice system.

This book provides an overview of the history of private security provision in its multiple forms including detective agencies, insurance companies, moral campaigners, employers’ associations, paramilitary organisations, self-protection, and vigilantism. It also explores the historical evolution of private policing and security provision in a diverse set of temporal, national and international contexts and compares the interactions between public and private security bodies, structures, strategies, and practices in different countries, cultures, and settings. In doing so, the volume fills the existing gaps in historical knowledge about the emergence of private and public security organisations and provides a more robust understanding of changes in the division of responsibility for security provision, law enforcement, and punishment between public and private institutions.

This comprehensive volume will be of great interest to scholars and students of history, criminology, sociology, political science, security studies, policing, criminal justice and law.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Phillip Stenning.

Introduction. David Churchill, Dolores Janiewski & Pieter Leloup.

Part 1: Security Regimes in National Context

Chapter 1. Jacqueline E. Ross: Undercover Policing and State Power in the United States and France from the Nineteenth to the Early Twentieth Centuries.

Chapter 2. Wilbur Miller: The ‘Right to Bear Arms’ and Self-Defence in the United States: Individualized Private Policing.

Chapter 3. Pieter Leloup: Co-Operation or Competition? Discourses on the Role of the Private Security Sector in Belgium, 1934-1990.

Chapter 4. Adam White: Monopoly or Plurality? The Police and the Private Security Industry in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain.

Part 2: Techniques & Cultures of Private Security

Chapter 5. David J. Cox & Yasmin Devi-McGleish: ‘Pardon Asked’: Printed Apologies as a Form of Private Security and Popular Justice in Nineteenth-Century Britain.

Chapter 6. Stephen Robertson: The Pinkertons and the Paperwork of Surveillance: Reporting Private Investigation in the United States, 1855-1940.

Chapter 7. Chad Pearson: ‘The law or popular justice’: Owen Wister and the Legitimation of Employer-Class Violence.

Chapter 8. Francis Dodsworth: Protection: Selling Self-Defence in Twentieth-Century Britain and the United States.

Part 3: Between Public & Private Security

Chapter 9. David Churchill: The Politics of Security in Liberal Society: Responsibility for Crime Prevention in Mid-Victorian Britain.

Chapter 10. Florian Altenhöner: No License to Know: Political Crisis and the Fragmentation and Privatisation of Surveillance in Germany, 1918-1920.

Chapter 11. Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones: What Burleson and Orwell Overlooked: Private Security Provision in the USA and the United Kingdom.

Chapter 12. Dolores Janiewski & Simon Judkins: Fluid Boundaries: The Evolution of a Private-Public Security Network in California, 1917-1952.

Conclusion. David Churchill, Dolores Janiewski & Pieter Leloup.

About the Editors

David Churchill is Associate Professor in Criminal Justice in the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds, U.K.

Dolores Janiewski is Associate Professor in the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Pieter Leloup is a postdoctoral researcher (FWO) in the Department of Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law, Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP), Ghent University, Belgium.

About the Series

Routledge SOLON Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice Histories

This series is a collaboration between Routledge and the SOLON consortium (promoting studies in law, crime and history), to present cutting edge interdisciplinary research in crime and criminal justice history, through monographs and thematic collected editions which reflect on key issues and dilemmas in criminology and socio-legal studies by locating them within a historical dimension. The series emphasizes inspiring historical and historiographical methodological approaches to contextualise and understand current priorities and problems and aims to highlight the best, most innovative interdisciplinary work from both new and established scholars in the field, through focusing on the enduring historical resonances to current core criminological and socio-legal issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology