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Description - Policing Post-Conflict Cities by Alice Hills

How and why does order emerge after conflict? What does it mean in the context of the twenty-first century post-colonial city? From Kabul, Kigali and Kinshasa to Baghdad and Basra, people, abandoned by the state, make their own rules.With security increasingly ghettoised, survival becomes a matter of manipulation and hustling. In this book, Alice Hills discusses the interface between order and security. While analysts and donors emphasise security, Hills argues that order is much more meaningful for people's lives. Focusing on the police as both providers of order and a measure of its success, the book shows that order depends more on what has gone before than on reconstruction efforts and that tension is inevitable as donors attempt to reform brutal local policing. Policing Post-Conflict Cities provides a powerful critique of the failure of liberal orthodoxy to understand the meaning of order.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842779705
ISBN-10: 1842779702
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 138mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Alice Hills

Alice Hills is professor of conflict and security at the University of Leeds, where her specialist area is security governance in fragile states. Her research focuses on why police evolve as they do, and what explains the interactions between public police, governments, and militaries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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