Community policing as security ritual

Alistair Henry, Simon Mackenzie

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Abstract

This paper presents a neo-Durkheimian perspective on community policing. Drawing on work by Randall Collins it will argue that a crucial, but overlooked, dimension of community policing is that it acts as a ‘ritual of solidarity’ through which participants (including both the community and the police) construct and reconstruct local discourses and beliefs about security, wellbeing and community safety. It therefore aims to provide a 'thick', interactive account of CP which contextualises the symbolic dimension of policing.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2011

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