Introduction: Sociology and the Privatization of Security

  • Thomas CrosbieEmail author
  • Ori Swed


This volume seeks to reconsider the sociology of security, paying particular attention to the changing ways in which security shifts from public to private control. This introduction is intended to extend the individual arguments of the contributors’ chapters in order to make a general case for more sociological engagement with this important but often elusive development. We first ask why anyone needs a sociology of security, then consider the ways in which privatized security intersects with key sociological interests, and finally conclude with brief summaries of the chapters.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Danish Defence CollegeCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social WorkTexas Tech UniversityLubbockUSA

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