Twilight policing : private security and violence in urban South Africa / Tessa G. Diphoorn.
- Oakland, California : University of California Press, 
xvii, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
- Police, Private -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Durban.
Private security services -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Durban.
- "South Africa boasts the largest private security sector in the entire world, reflecting deep anxieties about violence, security, and governance. Twilight Policing is an ethnographic study of the daily policing practices of armed response officers, a specific type of private security officer, and their interactions with citizens and the state police in Durban, South Africa. This book shows how their policing practices simultaneously undermine and support the state, resulting in actions that are neither public nor private, but something in between, something 'twilight.' Their performances of security are also punitive, disciplinary, and exclusionary, and work to reinforce post-apartheid racial and economic inequalities. Ultimately, Twilight Policing helps to illuminate how citizens survive volatile conditions and to whom they assign the authority to guide them in the process"--Provided by publisher.
- Twilight policing: the performance of sovereign power
"Old school" policing versus "the new South Africa" : violence and security in South Africa
"The promising horse" : the armed response sector
"Wanna-be policemen" : being an armed response officer
"It all comes down to them" : daily interactions with the "state"
"Getting connected with the community" : the beneficiaries of armed response
Performances of twilight policing : public authority, coercion, and moral ordering
Expanding the twilight.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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