Policing, Recognition, and Belonging

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 605, No. 1, pp. 202-221, 2006

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 40/2006

21 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2006

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Ian Loader

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Abstract

In this article, the author reflects on the question of how policing institutions can help to foster and sustain the values and practices of democracy. The author's overarching concern is to outline and defend a conception of democratic policing that highlights the role of policing agencies in recognizing the legitimate claims of all individuals and groups affected by police actions and affirming their sense of belonging to a political community. From this perspective, the author offers a critique of certain prominent forms of what he calls ambient policing and aims to cast some new light on the issue of how policing contributes to - or undermines - citizen security in democratic societies.

Keywords: policing, security, political community, membership, democracy

Suggested Citation

Loader, Ian, Policing, Recognition, and Belonging. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 605, No. 1, pp. 202-221, 2006; Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 40/2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=928350

Ian Loader (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 3UJ
United Kingdom

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