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Does Policing The Risk Society Hold the Road Risk?

Ferret, Jérôme and Spenlehauer, Vincent (2009) Does Policing The Risk Society Hold the Road Risk? The British Journal of Criminology, vol.49 (n°2). pp. 150-164.

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Identification Number : 10.1093/bjc/azn066


Ericson and Haggerty’s book, Policing the Risk Society (1997), sets out to annul Bittner’s classical,
coercion-based reading of the police and replace it with a radically new paradigm that foregrounds
the panoptical or knowledge work dimension of the police and its potential to serve the interests of
non-police social-disciplinary institutions. In this article, we test this neo-Foucauldian paradigm
on the basis of a body of research into road traffi c policing. As a result, we observe that though nonpolice
owner-managers of new risks challenge the societal immanence, centrality and publicness of
police organizations, with time, these challenges fail. We therefore argue that Ericson and Haggerty’s
notion of panoptical policing should be taken as a theoretical innovation, which, far from
eliminating Bittner’s paradigm, enhances it with a new force.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2009
Refereed: Yes
Subjects: F- SCIENCES HUMAINES > F2- Sociologie
Divisions: Laboratoire d'Études et de Recherches sur l'Économie, les Politiques et les Systèmes sociaux (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 12:13
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2021 15:52

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