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September 2, 2013

New book chapter by Darren Palmer and Ian Warren just out

Policing cities

A book chapter by Darren Palmer and Ian Warren has been published in a collection edited by Professor Randy Lippert (University of Windsor, Canada) and Dr Kevin Walby (formerly University of Victoria and now at the University of Winnipeg, Canada) titled Policing Cities: Urban Securitization and Regulation in a 21st Century World (published by Routledge, London, 2013). The volume examines policing and security initiatives in major cities in the UK, USA, Canada, China, the former Soviet Union, Latin America and South Africa. Darren’s and Ian’s contribution (Chapter 5) documents their research on  ‘zonal banning’ in the city of Melbourne, and compares how this approach to maintaining order operates at major event sites and in nightclub precincts throughout Victoria.

Read more about the collection here.

Darren and Ian’s chapter questions the effectiveness of using bans to prevent disorder, while providing an avenue for the introduction of new and problematic forms of surveillance to control crime and manage population flows. This chapter represents part of their ongoing research into the implications of surveillance in contemporary law enforcement, and the use of contentious methods of crime control in contemporary Australia.

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