Nodal Security

Police Quarterly, 8(1), 57-63, 2005

7 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2016

See all articles by Clifford Shearing

Clifford Shearing

University of Cape Town; Griffith Institute of Criminology; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; University of Toronto

Date Written: January 22, 2005


I will begin my commentary with some general reflections on what the discussions at the conference, from which the articles in this volume have been drawn, suggested about what has been happening to the field of policing — the underlying theme of the conference. My commentary will be idiosyncratic in the sense that I will pick up on the sub-themes that I found to be most relevant to this topic. The themes I have selected are ones that speak to the framework of assumptions that underlay much of what was said. I will then turn to more specific comments on articles that I was asked specifically to comment on at the conference. Both the general and specific comments draw on articles that are not presented in this volume. My comments are thus a vehicle for going beyond the particular sampling of articles that appear in this volume to provide a more general sense of the tone and character of the conference.

Keywords: security; nodal governance

Suggested Citation

Shearing, Clifford D, Nodal Security (January 22, 2005). Police Quarterly, 8(1), 57-63, 2005, Available at SSRN:

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