Conclusions: Reclaiming the Public in Policing

Paul Mutsaers

in Police Unlimited

Published in print February 2019 | ISBN: 9780198788508
Published online April 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191830389 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Conclusions: Reclaiming the Public in Policing

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This concluding chapter synergizes the previous chapters and adds something new. Both functions are captured by the title, Reclaiming the Public in Policing. First, it argues that the empirical and conceptual work in this book points at the corrosion of the public character of policing, which results in law enforcement agencies that find it increasingly difficult to exclude politics, particularism, and populism from their operations. This part of the chapter concludes that it is imperative that we ‘unthink’ bureaucracy as the social evil of our time and revalue the public contours of policing. A second way to reclaim the ‘public’ in policing, now defined not as a quality of the police but an engaged citizenry that is involved in public debates on the police, concerns the role of police scholars in the public sphere. The chapter advocates a public anthropology of police and reflects on the author's efforts to ‘go public’.

Keywords: public anthropology; Fassin; epistemic solidarity; cross-publics; academic credibility; police unlimited

Chapter.  10109 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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