1st Edition

The Global Making of Policing Postcolonial Perspectives

Edited By Jana Hönke, Markus-Michael Müller Copyright 2016
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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]


    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.




    'There is no better guide to policing’s place in IR and security studies. In rethinking how policing is made globally, the authors show that police institutions and practices are a core aspect of world politics. Their work makes clear that global policing is about much more than the transfer of knowledge across national boundaries. This is essential reading for anyone looking to develop the research agenda on policing and the production of social order in the international realm.' - Alice Hills, Professor of Conflict Studies, University of Durham, UK

    'This exciting collection establishes an understanding of the emergence of global policing that challenges the usual notion of a diffusion of western concepts of making things, especially states, modern. It stresses that ideas about policing can move in both directions – from the west and, when recast, back again. The chapters embrace a range of disciplines and sweep the globe to provide stimulating case studies and illuminating theoretical perspectives. In sum, an important and valuable book.'- Clive Emsley, Emeritus Professor, Open University, UK