About the book:
A. Verhage, L. Bisschop, W. Hardyns & D. Boels
Policing, Boundaries and the State: The Changing Landscape of Sovereignty
and Security. Introduction to the Edition
C. Giacomantonio (1) & H.O.I. Gundhus (2)
This special edition of the European Journal of Policing Studies examines these
institutional rearrangements of policing, boundaries and the state. Through a combination of empirical, theoretical and legal scholarship, each contribution
uniquely examines the profound transformations taking place in contemporary
Europe and elsewhere, and the questions these transformations raise for policing
in democratic societies.
(1) Analyst at
RAND Europe, a not-for-profit policy research institution based in Cambridge, UK and Brussels,
(2) Professor at Norwegian Police University College, Research Department.
Talking to the Man. Some Gendered Reflections on the
Relationship Between the Global
System and Policing Subculture(s)
B. Bowling (1) & J. Sheptycki (2)
This paper reflects on the interplay between the transnational subculture of policing and the
subculture of transnational policing and pays particular attention to the encoding of masculine
tropes within them. It uses the culture/subculture distinction to illuminate how gendered masculine
identities help to mediate the relationship between the broader culture of control and the occupational
subculture(s) of policing. The paper is part of an attempt to theorize global policing as
a synecdoche of the global system, an idea that is fundamentally challenging to our ideas about
the boundaries of the state. In this paper we draw attention to the specifically ‘masculinist’ nature
of the discourse concerning global policing practice, which is often essentialized in dyadic terms;
in extremis, in terms of chivalrous knights and rapacious Bluebeards. The paper looks at the
militarization of US policing and briefly explores the global terrain of public order policing in the
contemporary period, again drawing attention to the masculine tropes that pervade the scene. The
paper endeavors to show how the prevalence of problematic masculine role-types in the enactment
policing subculture(s) affects the global system.
Keywords: transnational policing; subculture(s); masculinity; global policing; militarization of policing
(1) Deputy Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law.
(2) Professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional
Studies York University Toronto, Canada.
Justifications and State
Actions. EU Police Cooperation, Schengen
Borders and Norwegian Sovereignty
S. Ugelvik (1)
Building on an assessment of Norwegian policy documents from 1994 to 2012, this article provides
a critical analysis of the process leading up to the Norwegian agreements with EU, primarily those
concerning police cooperation. The purpose is to discuss the Norwegian Government’s justifications
for entering into the agreements throughout this period. The Norwegian Government firstly
argued that the pertinent agreements were imperative to maintain the free travel-arrangements
already existing between the Nordic countries. This justification was shortly after moderated, and
had a few years later disappeared completely. It was replaced by a former secondary argument; the
pressing need for enhanced police cooperation. This article presents some of the changes the EU
agreements involved for the Norwegian police. It shows a discrepancy between the policiary needs
and purposes as these were presented fluctuating throughout a relatively short period of time.