Border regimes and the sociology of policing

Loftus, B. (2013) Border regimes and the sociology of policing. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 25 (1). pp. 115-125. DOI: http://10.1080/10439463.2013.802788

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Throughout the world, resources are being shifted towards border enforcement. Along with the concerted political and financial investment afforded by states into defending territories, the apparatus of border policing comprises of numerous state agencies and an ever-expanding range of private actors and commercial bodies. Yet an examination of the culture and practices of those responsible for the routine preservation of border priorities has garnered surprisingly little attention within the sociology of policing. In this research note, I foreground an agenda intended to extend current research and reflection on the everyday policing and surveillance of borders. My starting point is that the policing of borders is undergoing significant changes but without the accompanying scrutiny by policing scholars. Drawing on examples from the USA and Europe, my overarching claim is that as policing and security governance on the border becomes more innovative and pluralistic, policing scholars need to engage in sustained ethnographic fieldwork to track how security frameworks are realised at the local level and acted out against national environments. In so doing, policing scholarship can lead the way in developing a more holistic understanding of border practices with a view to redressing the social injustice experienced by those at the receiving end of contemporary border regimes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 03:17
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 03:17
ISSN: 1477-2728
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/6319
Identification Number: DOI: http://10.1080/10439463.2013.802788
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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