Urban (In)Security: Policing The Neoliberal Crisis

Urban (In)Security: Policing The Neoliberal Crisis

The neoliberalization of policing and the policing of neoliberalization are worldwide phenomena. While the first trend effects the organization of policing, the second trend brings about new policing strategies executed by state police, commercial security contractors and by nonprofit police forces. This volume for the first time brings together empirical studies comparing policing strategies from Australia, Britain, France, Germany, India, Lithuania, Sweden and the United States.

Book Details

Editors: Volker Eick and Kendra Briken
ISBN: 978-1-926958-29-3
Year: 2014
Pages: 406
Price: $39.95 USD

Table of Contents


1. Urban (In)Security – An Introduction
Volker Eick and Kendra Briken

SectIon I | Policing the Urban Setting

2. Towards Glocal Movements? New Spatial Politics for a Just City
Margit Mayer

3. My Brother’s Keeper? Generating Community, Ordering the Urban
Andrew Wallace

4. ‘To take an accompt of all persons and things going in and out of the Citty’: Walls as Techniques of Pacification
Samantha Ponting and George S. Rigakos

Andreas Lohner

Section II | Policing as Urban Industry

6. Variegated Forms of Policing in Germany: From Police-Private Partnerships to Protective Prosumerism
Volker Eick

7. Managerial Control of Work in the Private Security Industry in Australia
Peter Gahan, Bill Harley, and Graham Sewell

8. Private Policing in a Neoliberal Society: The New Relation in Britain’s ‘Extended Police Family’
Alison Wakefield

9. Private Security, Public Insecurity: The Casualization of Employment and its Effects in India
Anibel Ferus-Comelo

SectIon III | Policing the Urban Battleground

10. The Criminalization of Global Protest:The Application of Counter-Insurgency
Luis A. Fernandez and Christian Scholl

11. Austerity Era Policing, Protest and Passivity
in Lithuania.
Arunas Juska and Charles Woolfson

12. Creating Security and Fearing the Other in Rinkeby, Sweden
Ann Rodenstedt

13.Working for the State: A Reading of the French Police Discourses on ‘Banlieues’
Mélina Germes

14. Urban (In)Security – A Synopsis
and further Questions
Kendra Briken and Volker Eick


“This book illuminates the ways in which the implementation of [neoliberal] policies has also entailed an intensified militarization of urban space as local police forces–which now include both commercial and nonprofit agents–promote new forms of surveillance, social control and repression within local populations.”

Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and is co-editor of Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory and the Right to the City.


“Eick and Briken have amassed a rich collection of new and theoretically important work that makes this book an absolute ‘must read’ for critical scholars of all persuasions.”

Laura Huey is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, The University of Western Ontario, Co-editor of Surveillance & Societyand author of invisible Victims: Homelessness and the Growing Security Gap (UTP 2012).


“The editors have brought together authors from a wide range of contexts and backgrounds who scrutinize state and private policing as a form of wage labor, as a set of practices to govern populations and as a means to secure capitalist accumulation under actually existing neoliberalism. …a very welcome addition to the literature. Critical scholars in a variety of fields will surely learn much from it.”

Bernd Belina, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Professor of Human Geography, Co-editor of Kriminologisches Journal and author of Raum, Überwachung, Kontrolle (Münster 2006)

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