The Governance of Policing and Security: Ironies, Myths and Paradoxes

This book explores policing, regulation, private security and intelligence to understand current transformations in policing. Policing today can no longer be understood only in terms of an organization (the police), but more and more in terms of multi-agency processes. This could be functional for national security interests, safety and security but detrimental to accountability and the democratic process. Bob Hoogenboom discusses notions of 'blurring of boundaries', 'unbounding' and 'hybridity' and pays homage to, and critiques, leading thinkers in the field. Hoogenboom argues that police studies and criminology are too fragmented and focused on the criminal justice system and not oriented enough towards 'undertows' in policing and security. Drawing from a wealth of academic sources but also literature and popular culture this book unpicks what these new forms of security mean for governance.

Book contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. Within Public Policing: Gradual Centralisation

  3. Within Public Policing: Fictional and Factual Policing

  4. Blurring Boundaries and the Unbearable Lightness of Criminological Discourse

  5. On Old Folks and Things That Pass Away: Criminology in 2018

  6. The Governance of Policing and Security

  7. ‘Grey Intelligence’: The Private and Informal Future

  8. The Sopranos: Narrative Knowledge to Disrupt Academic Language

  9. Ironies, Paradoxes and the Seven Plagues of Policing and Security

  10. Technopoly

  11. Blinded by the Light: The Interweaving of (Organised) Crime, White Collar Crime, State Crime and Terrorism

  12. Unsafe and Unsound Practices

  13. Myths in Policing and Security

  14. Epilogue: Conversations with Clifford Shearing