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Government properties: the Nigeria police force as total institution?

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This paper looks at the relationships between Nigerian police officers and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in which they serve. Against simplistic portraits of police institutions as mechanistic agents of governmental power, the paper looks inside one such institution to examine how it exercises power over its own personnel, in a totalizing institutional project which combines duty and identity within a hierarchical and paramilitarized structure. Police officers are caught between their embody...

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Accepted
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Department:
International Development, University of Oxford
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Acceptance date:
2015-09-21
EISSN:
1750-0184
ISSN:
0001-9720

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