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Police Forces: A Cultural History of an Institution

  • Klaus Mladek
Part of the Studies in European Culture and History book series (SECH)

Abstract

Whether it is the plan for a “super police force” in the war against terrorism, the recent concept of community policing, or the rapid growth of both border police and various private police forces, the “police” has recently resurfaced as the crucial referent for societal fantasies of law and order. Equipped with the most recent technologies and linked to all available means of data collection, the modern police, as it cooperates with other disciplines of crime repression, such as, criminology, psychiatry, and penal law, works in the name of law and order as the quintessential agent of social control. The fear of crime alongside recent instances of excessive violence committed by the police has created an ambivalent mixture of repulsion for and appreciation of the police within modern democracies.

Keywords

Social Control Police Force Cultural History Police Study Police Work 
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