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A tainted trade? Moral ambivalence and legitimation work in the private security industry.

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The private security industry is often represented - and typically represents itself - as an expanding business, confident of its place in the world and sure of its ability to meet a rising demand for security. But closer inspection of the ways in which industry players talk about its past, present and future suggests that this self-promotion is accompanied by unease about the industry's condition and legitimacy. In this paper, we analyse the self-understandings of those who sell security - a...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, Law, Centre for Criminology
Role:
Author
Journal:
The British journal of sociology
Volume:
62
Issue:
2
Pages:
283-303
Publication date:
2011-06-05
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EISSN:
1468-4446
ISSN:
0007-1315
URN:
uuid:7c53daf6-a3d3-4d2a-80f5-7c9cce745b9d
Source identifiers:
478609
Local pid:
pubs:478609

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