Modern Private Security: Its Growth and Implications

In: Tonry, M. & Morris, N. Eds. Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research, Vol. 3. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 193-245.

53 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2016

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Clifford Shearing

Griffith Institute of Criminology; Public Law Department; University of Montreal, School of Criminology; University of New South Wales; Durban University of Technology, Urban Futures Centre

Philip Stenning

Griffith University

Date Written: August 31, 1981

Abstract

On the North American continent, in Europe and elsewhere, the dramatic growth in private security in the past several decades has reshaped the structure and function of modern policing. The development of private security has been facilitated by fundamental shifts in the nature of property relations. These changes have encouraged the development of a preventative mode of policing consistent with the principles and hopes of nineteenth-century police reformers, but they also suggest that we are moving in the direction of a new disciplinary society and raise fundamental questions with respect to sovereignty, justice, and individual liberty now almost entirely unrecognised. In particular, the legal institutions regarding private property operate to enhance the potential threat to individual liberty posed by the development of modern private security.

Suggested Citation

Shearing, Clifford D and Stenning, Philip, Modern Private Security: Its Growth and Implications (August 31, 1981). In: Tonry, M. & Morris, N. Eds. Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research, Vol. 3. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 193-245.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2832664 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2832664

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