Journal Article

Social Police and the Mechanisms of Prevention

Mark Neocleous

in The British Journal of Criminology

Published on behalf of Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (formerly ISTD)

Volume 40, issue 4, pages 710-726
Published in print September 2000 | ISSN: 0007-0955
Published online September 2000 | e-ISSN: 1464-3529 | DOI:
Social Police and the Mechanisms of Prevention

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This article reassesses the work of Patrick Colquhoun by reconsidering his notion of prevention. It argues that Colquhoun has been badly served by having his notion of prevention understood in the light of the emergence of the new police in 1829. This has obscured the importance of poverty, indigence and political economy to Colquhoun’s understanding of police. I suggest that Colquhoun’s work should be of interest as much to the discipline of social policy as police studies, and use this argument as a springboard into a wider argument concerning the historical, political, and conceptual links between police and social policy as mechanisms for the fashioning of the market. The major suggestion is that the concept of a‘social police’ may be a useful way to understand these links.

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Subjects: Criminology

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