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    DescriptionAnyone who considers questions of power cannot help be struck by the ubiquitous nature, emotional force and political pull of the concept of order. This book contains an argument about the role of policing in the fabrication of order. After an initial exploration of the original relationship between police, state power and the question of order, Neocleous focuses on the ways in which 18th century liberalism refined and narrowed the concept of the police, a process which masked the power of capital and broader issues of social control. In doing so he challenges the way liberalism came to define policing solely in terms of the question of crime and the rule of law. This liberal definition created a limited and fundamentally misleading understanding of policing which remains in use today. In contrast, Neocleous argues for an expanded concept of police, adequate to the expansive set of institutions through which policing takes place. These institutions are concerned not just with the maintenance or reproduction of order, but with its fabrication, especially the fabrication of a social order based on wage labour. This project, he argues, should be understood as the project of social security. Grasping this point allows a fuller understanding of the ways in which the state polices and secures civil society, and how order is fabricated through law and administration.

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    The Fabrication of Social Order
    A Critical Theory of Police Power
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Neocleous
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    ISBN 13: 9780745314846
    ISBN 10: 0745314848

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.3
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JKSW1
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JPH
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T General Subject: 650
    LC classification: JA
    Abridged Dewey: 320
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    DC21: 363.2
    BISAC V2.8: POL014000, POL010000, SOC004000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 363.23
    Thema V1.0: JPH, JKSW1
    Illustrations note
    notes, references, index
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    20 June 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Mark Neocleous is Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Government at Brunel University. His previous books are Administering Civil Society: Towards a Theory of State Power (Macmillan, 1996) and Fascism (Open University Press, 1997). He is a member of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy.
    Table of contents
    "Police begets good order"; liberalism and the police of property; ordering insecurity I - social police and the mechanisms of prevention; ordering insecurity II -on social security; law, order, political administration.