The Sociology of Policing

Trevor Jones and Tim Newburn

in Private Security and Public Policing

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198265696
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682933 | DOI:

Series: Private Security and Public Policing

The Sociology of Policing

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A significant part of the sociology of policing has focused upon a relatively broad notion of policing, and has tried to identify and examine the essential features of the specialist body known as ‘the police’. More recently, there has been growing attention paid to the private security industry, and the regulatory activities undertaken by other bodies of officials, outside of the police service. However, the inclusion of the private security sector and these other bodies within ‘policing’ makes definition problematic. The issue is not resolved by recourse to analytically vague concepts like ‘social control’, or by attempting to maintain that all order maintenance and rule or law enforcement, including the most informal, is ‘policing’. What is required, and what this book attempts, is an empirical investigation of ‘policing’ in a broad sense, which explores the complexity of order maintenance and rule and law enforcement, with an explicit focus on the relationship between the public sector and the private sector.

Keywords: sociology; policing; social control; private security; law enforcement; order maintenance; public sector; private sector

Chapter.  11255 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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