Police unlimited : policing, migrants, and the values of bureaucracy / Paul Mutsaers.
- First Edition.
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019.
- Clarendon studies in criminology.
Clarendon Studies in Criminology
xii, 212 pages ; 22 cm.
Discrimination in justice administration.
Police -- Netherlands.
Discrimination in justice administration -- Netherlands.
- Police Unlimited' is centred on the controversial idea that police forces are a focal point for conflict in modern society. Instead of emphasising the socially integrative function of police forces, the book links to a conflict model concerned with its socially divisive effects. Throughout the book, the consequences of this social division are discussed, using a detailed ethnographic study of the Dutch police as a starting point, and extending the analysisout to look at the global situation. 0The book is based on a five year ethnography exploring police discrimination in the Dutch police. It examines cases of conflict, both inside and outside the police station, thus covering interethnic tensions at work as well as hostility towards migrants observed while joining officers on patrol. The cases are discussed in light of the corroding public character of Dutch policing and the risks involved in terms of discrimination, and the arbitrary, or even privatized, use of power. Signalling an0increased blurring of the private and public spheres in policing, the book warns of an "unlimited" police service that is no longer constrained by the public contours that delineate a legal bureaucracy. To develop a police anthropology, the ethnographic materials are consistently compared with other police ethnographies in the "global north" and "global south". This comparative analysis points out that the demise of bureaucracy makes it increasingly difficult for police organizations across the globe to exclude politics, particularism and populism from their operations. 0.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-208) and index.
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