Urban Security Work Spaces. Policing the Crisis – Policing in Crisis, Berlin, 28-30 August 2010, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

The 21st century is witnessing what has been called the »pluralization of policing«: Private security companies have conquered urban spaces and are developing some expertise in public policing. Current studies claim that the private security industry will grow further and take over more tasks formerly executed by state police; at the same time technologies complement and even incur human security work. State police has also undergone significant changes, including commercialization, new public management, and »police-private-partnerships« . Alongside these developments, the police apparatus has trans-nationalized and rigorous strategies, in particular against transnational protesters, have reemerged significantly since the early 1990s. Last not least, the »policing family« itself diversified, and we can witness (relatively) new phenomena such as nonprofit organizations deploying long-term unemployed as security forces; ›Community Wardens‹ or ›Ambassadors‹ overseen by the local municipalities; or unpaid volunteers policing sports events such as the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany. With these in-law family members the tasks of policing extended into the realm of the ›civil society‹, and the consequences still need to be discussed (…)

Contributors:

Oliver Arning, Kirstie Ball, Bernd Belina, Francois Bonnet, Peter Bremme, Kendra Briken, Luis Fernandez, Volker Eick, Jenny Künkel, Massimiliano Mullone, James Sheptycki, Nik Theodore, Eric Töpfer, Alison Wakefield, Charles Woolfson.

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