On Patrol

Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper

in Hong Kong

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226448565
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226448589 | DOI:
On Patrol

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This chapter describes the patrolling of the New Territories in the low, hilly green spaces that join the border with mainland China. Patrol is part of the constitution of space as territory. These are routine strategies in military occupation and routine policing. Patrol is a tactic serving all regimes and the forces that seek to undermine them. The chapter focuses on Bill who patrols the New Territories as a British officer in the colonial Hong Kong police force. The best way to understand Bill's activities is to go with him on patrol. His patrolling activities are on a landscape defined through memory, as Bill's patrols were part of his job as a colonial police officer in the 1970s. Bill see things in macroterms, pointing to great tracts of land and discussing population movements, across borders, and internally, as the population grows through migration and the government struggles to house it.

Keywords: patrol; New Territories; Hong Kong; police; British officer; British colonies; borders; migration

Chapter.  2584 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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