TWILIGHT POLICING, private security and violence in urban South Africa

: Diphoorn (T.)

R 685.00
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282pp., illus., maps, paperback, Oakland, 2016


"'Twilight Policing' draws us into the world of security and reveals the gallery of people populating it. We learn about and appreciate difficult moral dilemmas in the harsh and precarious reality that is contemporary South Africa without losing sight of the greater conceptual and political implications. An impressive feat!" Steffen Jensen, author of "Gangs, Politics, and Dignity in Cape Town"

"In an age when security is being pluralized and degovernmentalized, and the lines between state and other sovereignties are becoming blurred, Tessa Diphoorn provides the tools for deconstructing contemporary relationships of rule, especially in post-apartheid South Africa. Richly detailed and compelling, 'Twilight Policing' is an important contribution to the ethnography of policing, with a particular focus on the relatively understudied domain of private police. It will be a valuable resource for scholars, teachers, and students of politics, violence, and law enforcement, in a variety of contexts worldwide." Daniel Goldstein, author of "Owners of the Sidewalk: security and survival in the informal city"

Tessa Diphoorn is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University.