Community Policing and Disputed Norms for Local Social Control in Post-Apartheid Johannesburg

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dc.contributor.author Benit Gbaffou, Claire
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-26T14:04:39Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-26T14:04:39Z
dc.date.issued 2008-03
dc.identifier.citation Benit Gbaffou,Claire. 2008. Community Policing and Disputed Norms for Local Social Control in Post-Apartheid Johannesburg. Journal of Southern African Studies. March 2008. 34:1 p93-109 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/12154
dc.description.abstract This article, based on field study in suburbs and townships in post-apartheid Johannesburg, argues that there are different ‘cultures’ of policing and different conceptions of local social order embedded in different local histories and contrasting socio-economic settings. The South African state is currently attempting to homogenise security practices and to ‘educate’ people in a democratic policing culture. At the same time it is also firmly setting some limits (for instance by rejecting road closures and vigilantism) to the local security experiments developed in the period following the demise of apartheid. However, its current policy, supposedly designed to ‘unify’ the policing systems under common principles, is based on the broad encouragement of community participation in the production of security, as well as on the promotion of zero-tolerance principles. These policies actually serve to exacerbate local differentiation regarding the content and practice of policing as well as the undemocratic principles rhetorically resisted by the state. en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship Thanks to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) for supporting the research on which this article is based. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Journal of Southern African Studies. en_ZA
dc.subject Policing Southern Africa, post-apartheid, local social order, community participation, production of security. en_ZA
dc.title Community Policing and Disputed Norms for Local Social Control in Post-Apartheid Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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