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Police Civilianization and the Production of Underclass Violence: The Case of Para-police Chengguan and Street Vendors in Guangzhou, China
Jianhua Xu; Anli Jiang
2018
Source PublicationThe British Journal of Criminology
ISSN0007-0955
Volume59Issue:1Pages:64–84
Abstract

Using data collected from systematic social observation, participant observation, interviews, and content analysis of media reports in Guangzhou, this article studies violent confrontation between China’s para-police chengguan (urban management officers) and street vendors. We find that most violent confrontations occur between street vendors and civilian staff—auxiliary chengguan—rather than between street vendors and sworn officers—official chengguan. We further reveal that the unequal power structure within the chengguan system shapes the division of labour between official chengguan and auxiliary chengguan, resulting in most of the ‘dirty work’ of street-level law enforcement being conducted by the latter, the second-class staff in the system. The research contributes to our understanding of pluralised policing and how police civilianization affects a convergence of violence within the underclass as both auxiliary chengguan and street vendors are recruited from urban poor.

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy018
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCriminology & Penology
WOS SubjectCriminology & Penology
WOS IDWOS:000462184600004
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Social Sciences
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
AffiliationDepartment of Sociology, University of Macau, Av. Padre Tomas Pereira, Taipa, Macau SAR, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Jianhua Xu,Anli Jiang. Police Civilianization and the Production of Underclass Violence: The Case of Para-police Chengguan and Street Vendors in Guangzhou, China[J]. The British Journal of Criminology,2018,59(1):64–84.
APA Jianhua Xu,&Anli Jiang.(2018).Police Civilianization and the Production of Underclass Violence: The Case of Para-police Chengguan and Street Vendors in Guangzhou, China.The British Journal of Criminology,59(1),64–84.
MLA Jianhua Xu,et al."Police Civilianization and the Production of Underclass Violence: The Case of Para-police Chengguan and Street Vendors in Guangzhou, China".The British Journal of Criminology 59.1(2018):64–84.
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