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Police in Africa: The Street Level View

Jan Beek, Mirco Göpfert, Olly Owen, and Johnny Steinberg


State police forces in Africa are a curiously neglected subject of study, even within the framework of security issues and African states. This book brings together criminologists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, political scientists and others who have engaged with police forces across the continent and the publics with whom they interact to provide street-level perspectives from below and inside Africa’s police forces. The contributors consider historical trajectories and particular configurations of police power within wider political systems, then examine the ‘inside view’ of po ... More

Keywords: Policing powerse, African police, State, Security issues, Ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190676636
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190676636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jan Beek, editor
AFRASO (Africa's Asian Options)

Mirco Göpfert, editor
University of Konstanz

Olly Owen, editor
Oxford University

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Jan Beek, Mirco Göpfert, Olly Owen and Jonny Steinberg

Part I What is the Police in Contemporary Africa?

1 Policing Africa

Klaus Schlichte

Part II Who are the Police in Africa?

8 Moonlighting

Tessa Diphoorn

Part III How are the Police Doing their Work?

11 Policing Boundaries

David Pratten

12 The Belly of the Police

Julia Hornberger


Alice Hills

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