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The Trouble with Protection

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posted on 2021-01-01, 00:00 authored by Andrew VandenbergAndrew Vandenberg
This chapter briefly outlines what the security organisations do in Bali and points to the complexity of problems around how to understand protection. The chapter surveys primordial, instrumentalist, and constructivist schools of thought on collective violence. The older, primordial school of thought starts from modernist ideas about legitimate authority. The widely followed instrumentalist school starts from an inverse correlation between the power of states and the power of gangs and sets out to explain what gangs are and then predict what they will do. The newer constructivist school starts from Foucauldian notions about the discourses or constructions of governance that shape both governors and the governed and focusses on what security groups do rather than what they are. The conclusion argues in favour of avoiding pejorative terms like “gang” in favour of more neutral terms like “security organisation”.

History

Alternative title

The Trouble with Protection

Chapter number

1

Pagination

1-22

ISBN-13

9789811558474

ISBN-10

9811558485

Language

eng

Grant ID

SHSS Faculty Research Support 2016-394

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Extent

13

Editor/Contributor(s)

Vandenberg A, Zuryani N

Publisher

Springer

Place of publication

Singapore

Title of book

Security, democracy, and society in Bali : trouble with protection