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Black and Blue : Policing in South Africa - John D. Brewer

Black and Blue

Policing in South Africa

Hardcover Published: 28th April 1994
ISBN: 9780198273820
Number Of Pages: 304

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The South African Police Force is among the world's most controversial police forces, plagued by allegations of misconduct and archaic methods. John Brewer places these problems in their historical context through this detailed study of the origins and development of policing in South Africa. Brewer sees a major problem in the lack of modernization: long after similar forces around the world had been modernized, South African Police continued to discharge a colonial role, using policing methods and styles suitable for the nineteenth century. Brewer eloquently links this lack of modernization and development to the South African state's need for a police force to uphold and implement its policies of internal colonialism. He argues further that this is the source of the close relationship between the police and state in South Africa. Now that the South African government has been transformed, the police force must adapt. Brewer concludes with a discussion of reform and warns that it will be severely constrained if it fails to transcend its colonial origins.

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From reviews of Inside the RUC: an excellent book which gives genuine sociological insights into policing a divided society' Irish Journal of Sociology `an outstandingly splendid monograph on the daily reality of policing' Reviewing Sociology

List of Tablesp. x
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
The Colonial Agenda: 1910-1913p. 14
Policemen Versus Pukkah Soldiers: 1914-1926p. 56
Internal and External War: 1927-1945p. 105
The Transition to Apartheid: 1946-1959p. 168
The Second Phase of Apartheid: 1960-1975p. 223
Policing Reform and Reforming the Police: 1976-1992p. 268
Conclusionp. 332
Bibliographyp. 353
Indexp. 373
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ISBN: 9780198273820
ISBN-10: 0198273827
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th April 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.63