The miscellany of militaristic policing: a literature review
2012 (English)In: Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, ISSN 1833-5330, Vol. 7, no 1, 51-65 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article reviews how the subject of paramilitary policing and paramilitary police units (PPUs) has been addressed during the last ten years of criminal justice, criminological and policing research. In this paper, the term ‘paramilitary policing’ is discussed in relation to previous debates concerning militaristic policing and police militarisation. Drawing on these debates, articles from a number of journals addressing the phenomena are reviewed with the aim of answering how paramilitary policing has been studied, defined, and contextualised in recent research. The results show that no consensus or universal definition of what paramilitary policing is seems to exist, as studies denote the subject differently depending on applied theoretical and empirical perspectives. This article discusses the apparent differences and offers a conceptual scheme explaining the main intersections and different dimensions encompassed in the subject.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2012. Vol. 7, no 1, 51-65 p.
literature review; paramilitary police; paramilitary police units
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-53348DOI: 10.1080/18335330.2012.653195OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-53348DiVA: diva2:511645