A Critical Theory of Police Power

A Critical Theory of Police Power The Fabrication of the Social Order

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Synopsis

Putting police power into the centre of the picture of capitalism

The ubiquitous nature and political attraction of the concept of order has to be understood in conjunction with the idea of police. Since its first publication, this book has been one of the most powerful and wide-ranging critiques of the police power. Neocleous argues for an expanded concept of police, able to account for the range of institutions through which policing takes place. These institutions are concerned not just with the maintenance and reproduction of order, but with its very fabrication, especially the fabrication of a social order founded on wage labour. By situating the police power in relation to both capital and the state and at the heart of the politics of security, the book opens up into an understanding of the ways in which the state administers civil society and fabricates order through law and the ideology of crime. The discretionary violence of the police on the street is thereby connected to the wider administrative powers of the state, and the thud of the truncheon to the dull compulsion of economic relations.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781788735209
Publisher: Verso Books
Imprint: Verso
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 363.2
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 282g
Height: 234mm
Width: 153mm
Spine width: 18mm