Re-Ordering Thoughts: A Reply to Alan Hunt

Canadian Journal of Criminology, 32(4):659-660

3 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2016

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Clifford Shearing

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

Date Written: February 2, 1990


Just as Alan Hunt believes that I make exactly his point, I believe he makes precisely mine.

Hunt argues that private policing is useful as an object of study primarily because of what it tells us about public policing. But what precisely gives public policing this priority except the particular importance his framework (or discourse if you will) accords the state? What is it that compels us to remain within this framework?

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Shearing, Clifford D, Re-Ordering Thoughts: A Reply to Alan Hunt (February 2, 1990). Canadian Journal of Criminology, 32(4):659-660, Available at SSRN:

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