Speaking Truths to Power: Policy Ethnography and Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hardcover | June 21, 2015

byJarrett Blaustein

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Speaking Truths to Power: Policy Ethnography and Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina presents a rigorous institutional-level analysis of the effects of globalisation on local policing using data generated from two ethnographic case studies conducted in 2011 in the transitional,post-conflict society of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through a study of the structures, mentalities and practices, it situates the phenomenon of "glocal policing" in relation to the convergence of development and security discourses following the collapse of the Soviet Union and raises importantquestions about the purpose and value of criminological engagement with transitional policing.The idea of "speaking truths to power" (as opposed to a single "truth") is illustrated by the author's 2011 fieldwork, covering active police capacity building projects implemented by international organisations. Both studies indicate that global inequalities affect police reform projects, but alsothat nodal opportunities do exist for seemingly disempowered stakeholders, specifically international development workers and rank-and-file police officers, to exercise reflexivity and use their available power resources to mitigate structural harms, thus rendering their work more responsive to theneeds of policy recipients. This mediatory role is analysed through the conceptual lens of "policy translation" which provides an innovative framework for interpreting how policy meaning and content are altered as a result of their transmission between contexts.Through detailed and persuasive investigation, Speaking Truths to Power argues that it is time for criminology to move beyond the established structural critiques of transnational policing power. As the author demonstrates, an institutional perspective employing ethnographic methods can ensure thatthe revealed criticisms adequately reflect the diverse interests, experiences and understandings of the research participants.

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Speaking Truths to Power: Policy Ethnography and Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina presents a rigorous institutional-level analysis of the effects of globalisation on local policing using data generated from two ethnographic case studies conducted in 2011 in the transitional,post-conflict society of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Throug...

Dr Jarrett Blaustein is a Lecturer in the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University. He holds a PhD in criminology from the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include comparative and transnational aspects of criminology and policing and he has spent the past few years researching the normative and sociol...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:June 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Police Capacity Building3. Reforming the Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina4. Policy Translation5. Interpreting Safer Communities6. Community Policing from the 'Bottom-Up'7. Conclusions