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Narratives of legitimacy: police expansionism and the contest over policing

Côté-Lussier, Carolyn (2013). Narratives of legitimacy: police expansionism and the contest over policing Policing and Society , vol. 23 , nº 2. p. 183-203. DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2012.671820.

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This article examines the narratives of legitimacy used by the police to secure their place in the policing arena. A case study of the Montréal (Canada) police service's (SPVM) expansion into the subway system, which had been policed by private security since its inception over 40 years ago, provides insight into the contest over policing. The SPVM's expansion was part of a broad reengineering of its service (e.g. rebranding) and took place against a backdrop of state support for the pluralisation of policing. Justifications provided by the SPVM for its Metro unit were successful in garnering media attention and support, which played a key role in this expansion. This study uses Boltanski and Thévenot's polity model to analyse the police's justifications and adjustment to shifting divisions of policing labour, and provides evidence of a struggle to maintain an image of the police as a communal good in the contest over policing.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: police publique; expansionnisme; récit de légitimité; modèle politique
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 11 déc. 2019 14:43
Dernière modification: 11 déc. 2019 14:43
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/8800

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