1st Edition

The Global Making of Policing
Postcolonial Perspectives

ISBN 9780367596651
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
182 Pages

USD $47.95

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Book Description

This edited volume analyses the global making of security institutions and practices in our postcolonial world. The volume will offer readers the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the global making of how security is thought of and practiced, from US urban policing, diaspora politics and transnational security professionals to policing encounters in Afghanistan, Palestine, Colombia or Haiti.

It critically examines and decentres conventional perspectives on security governance and policing. In doing so, the book offers a fresh analytical approach, moving beyond dominant, one-sided perspectives on the transnational character of security governance, which suggest a diffusion of models and practices from a ‘Western’ centre to the rest of the globe. Such perspectives omit much of the experimenting and learning going on in the (post)colony as well as the active agency and participation of seemingly subaltern actors in producing and co-constituting what is conventionally thought of as ‘Western’ policing practice, knowledge and institutions.

This is the first book that studies the truly global making of security institutions and practices from a postcolonial perspective, by bringing together highly innovative, in-depth empirical cases studies from across the globe. It will be of particular interest to students and scholars interested in International Relations and Global Studies, (critical) Security Studies, Criminology and Postcolonial Studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Global Making of Policing

[Jana Hönke and Markus-Michael Müller]


Chapter 2: Capillaries of Empire: Colonial Pacification and the Origins of U.S. Global Surveillance

[Alfred W. McCoy]

Chapter 3: Laboratories of Pacification and Permanent War: Israeli-U.S. Collaboration in the Global Making of Policing

[Stephen Graham and Alex Baker]

Chapter 4: Beyond the Laboratory Thesis: Gaza as Transmission Belt for War and Security Technology

[Leila Stockmarr]


Chapter 5: Entangled Pacifications: Peacekeeping, Counterinsurgency and Policing in Port-au-Prince and Rio de Janeiro

[Markus-Michael Müller]

Chapter 6: Associated Dependent Security Cooperation: Colombia and the United States

Arlene Tickner


Chapter 7: Securing the Diaspora: Policing Global Order

[Mark Laffey and Sutharan Nadarajah]

Chapter 8: ‘British Cop or International Cop?’ Global Makings of International Policing Assistance, 2000-2014

[Georgina Sinclair]

Chapter 9: A Translational Perspective on Police-building in Afghanistan: The Enactment of ‘Progress’ in the Implementation Gap

[Lars Ostermeier]


Chapter 10: Unpacking ‘the Global’

[Pinar Bilgin]

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Jana Hönke is a Visiting Professor at the Conflict Research Centre, Universität Marburg, Germany, and, subsequently, Assistant Professor and Rosalind-Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Markus-Michael Müller is an Assistant Professor at the ZI Lateinamerika-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.