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Abstract / Description of output
Drawing on over 600 hours of ethnographic fieldwork of policing and island life, this paper describes the challenges and experiences of policing in small remote islands and the form of policing these produce. It argues first, the extraordinary conditions of remote island police work engender a style which emphasises under-enforcement, transparency, and in particular a striking empathy and humanity. Second, while this police style is felt by officers to be distinctive, it is in fact at the heart of all police work. Remote islands therefore present a paradox: their extraordinary conditions result in ordinary policing. And third, the perception that remote island policing is unusual suggests that what needs explanation is not island but urban policing.
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Aug 2020|
|Name||Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper|
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1/04/17 → 30/06/18
3/01/17 → 16/09/17
Weather, light and darkness in remote island policing: Expanding the horizons of the criminological imaginationSouhami, A., 20 Jun 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: The British Journal of Criminology: An International Review of Crime and Society (BJC). 17 p., azac052.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
A Systematic Review of the Research on Rural Policing: Expert Report prepared for the Joint Federal/Provincial Commission into the April 2020 Nova Scotia Mass CasualtySouhami, A., 30 May 2022, Nova Scotia: Mass Casualty Commission . 56 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Anna Souhami (Invited speaker)25 Apr 2023
Activity: Academic talk or presentation types › Oral presentation
What does rural police work teach us about policing? Lessons for theory, practice and research from the remote Northern islands of Scotland [KEYNOTE ADDRESS]
Anna Souhami (Keynote speaker)21 Feb 2018
Activity: Academic talk or presentation types › Invited talk