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'Soldiering by consent' amd military-civil relations: Military transition into the public space of policing

Murray, ET and Taylor, P (2019) 'Soldiering by consent' amd military-civil relations: Military transition into the public space of policing. Illness, Crisis and Loss, 27 (4). pp. 235-254. ISSN 1054-1373

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Growth in the Armed Forces undertaking public policing is occurring in the United Kingdom and elsewhere and as such a complex security landscape emerges, both practically and conceptually. The aim here is to pose questions of the manifest and latent issues in the assemblage of multiple actors in public policing. It aks to reader to consider the implications of military actors transitioning from defence duties ordinarily associated with military work, to policing activities in public spaces. Taking the London 2012 Olympic Games as our point of reference, this article argues that to understand military presence, their role must be considered in the broader context of military and policing functions, the ‘war on terror’, accountability, and future priorities for public policing. We must be careful not to assign the presence of the military into pre-existing understandings of how mega-events should be secured – the military patrolling the streets of London represents more. Instead, as their presence comes to be legitimate in certain geopolitical contexts, critical questions must be asked especially as public and private arrangements are continually reworked in the domestic fight against terrorism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Divisions: Law
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 09:59
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:43
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/1054137319834763
Editors: Albertson, K, Taylor, P and Murray, E
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10173
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