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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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Fighting for Respect

Fighting for Respect

Violence, Masculinity and Legitimacy in the South African Police Service

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(p.171) 10 Fighting for Respect
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Police in Africa
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Andrew Faull

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190676636.003.0011

This chapter analyzses the discourses and practices in South African police stations on violence and authority, particularly during the months following a police massacre of striking platinum miners at Marikana. Police officers who were not present at the shooting instinctively defended their colleagues from external criticism. This chapter suggests that members of the South African Police Service believe that the use of violent force in the performance of their duties is necessary to gain the respect of the communities they serve, which is also linked to constructions of masculinity.

Keywords:   Police, AfricaAfrican Police, South Africa, Violence, Masculinity, Legitimacy, Marikana massacre

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