Global policing, mobility and social control

Ben Bowling, James Sheptycki

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This chapter examines the global policing of mobility and its implications for social control in an era of rapid transnationalization. It aims to discover the history of border policing – drawing largely on English examples – before discussing some theoretical matters concerning the emergence of the transnational state system and briefly sketching out the architecture of contemporary global policing. The chapter looks in more detail at how the policing of migration are changing through an analysis of attempts to regulate the flow of people across international borders. It explores the effects of global policing, especially on the lives of migrants, in terms of freedom and safety and describes the vexed question of how – if at all – this emerging system of global social control can be held accountable for the harm it is evidently causing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781135924331
ISBN (Print)9780415823944
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


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