The Police Assemblage

Jean‐Paul Brodeur

in The Policing Web

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199740598
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866083 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

The Police Assemblage

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Chapter 1 examines the meaning of the word “police” when considered as a common noun (the police), as a verb (policing) and as an adjective (as in “police state”). It then proceeds to list the main components of the policing web in the public, private, and hybrid spheres. It also enumerates and discusses what are termed “agents of control,” which include undercover informants, in‐house private security, and controllers such as night‐club bouncers and others operating on the fringes of private security. Finally, the role of criminal organizations in the provision of private protection is briefly outlined. In the last section, the main concepts underlying the conceptual frameworks are presented. These include the notions of deceptive objects, theoretical and practical antinomies, and the tentative idea of intensive quantities.

Keywords: police; map; public; private; hybrid; protection; antinomies; intensive

Chapter.  10802 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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