Security Journal

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 201–205 | Cite as

Introduction to special issue on new developments in corporate security and contract private security

  • Kevin Walby
  • Randy Lippert

For all the focus on public policing, national security, and contract private security in sociology, criminology and other social science disciplines in recent years, corporate security has received relatively sparse scholarly attention. To date, there has been little discussion and research about the challenges, dilemmas and theoretical implications of corporate security work. The small insightful literature on corporate security that exists is primarily practitioner oriented (see Barefoot and Maxwell, 1987; Nalla and Morash, 2002; Dalton, 2003; Borodzicz and Gibson, 2006). Thus, corporate security remains a largely uncharted security landscape, buried under a storm of scholarship about post-9/11 national security arrangements and near continuous study of contract firms and public policing. Corporate security is worth uncovering through renewed study, not only in its own right, but also as a wellspring of conceptual and empirical insights about contemporary policing and security...



The authors contributed equally to the development of this introduction and the vision for this special issue. We offer special thanks to the many anonymous reviewers who assessed the articles comprising this special issue. We also thank Nicola Walker for her assistance in editing and formatting these articles. Finally, thank you to the Security Journal editorial team.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Walby
    • 1
  • Randy Lippert
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Department of Sociology & CriminologyUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

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