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Jan Beek, Mirco Göpfert, Olly Owen, and Johnny Steinberg

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190676636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190676636.001.0001

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Policing Africa

Policing Africa

Structures and Pathways

(p.19) 1 Policing Africa
Police in Africa

Klaus Schlichte

Oxford University Press

From a well-informed vantage point of a historical sociology of the police and a broad comparative perspective, this chapter argues that policing in Africa should be situated in a globally connected history. Specific policing practices and organisational models were exported from Europe and then creatively adapted; other practices and models emerged in different places simultaneously and were re-connected through ex-post classification (as under the label ‘community policing’). The central question he evokes is: if the global history of policing is indeed a connected history, of what do these connections consist and how do they change over time?

Keywords:   PolicCommunity policinge, African PolicingAfrica, Historical sociology, Global history

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