Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781786990259 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786990266 Published June 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Private Security in Africa

From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday

Edited by Paul Higate

Private Security in Africa

Edited by Paul Higate

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781786990259 Published July 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786990266 Published June 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Across Africa, growing economic inequality, instability, and urbanization have led to the rapid rise of private security providers. While these private security providers have already had a significant impact on African societies, their impact has so far received little in the way of comprehensive analysis—until now. Drawing on a wide range of disciplinary approaches, and encompassing anthropology, sociology, and political science, Private Security in Africa offers unique insight into the lives and experiences of security providers and those affected by them, as well as into the fragile state context which has allowed them to thrive.
 Featuring original research and case studies ranging from private policing in South Africa to the recruitment of Sierra Leonean men for private security work in Iraq, the book considers the full implications of private security providers on security and the state, not only within Africa but for the world as a whole.
Review Quotes
Paul Jackson, University of Birmingham

“Ranging from secret societies in Sierra Leone to private security companies in South Africa, this important book provides a major contribution to the theory and practical understanding of the everyday experience of private security across Africa.”

Morten Bøås, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

“The global trend of privatising security has received little systematic attention. This highly recommended book starts to close this gap and raises important questions about what this means for the role of the state in this age of uncertainty.”

Daniel Bach, Sciences Po Bordeaux (Emeritus)

“Through the adoption of an ethnographic lens, this volume provides a compelling account of everyday private security practices and the kaleidoscopic configurations within which they blend and assemble."

Kwesi Aning, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana
“An important addition to understanding the complex nexus between private and state security provision in fragile states. This is a useful and welcome book that adds new interpretations and insight into the increasingly important roles performed by multiple security actors.”
Anna Leander, editor of The Commercialization of Security in Europe
“Offers a view of private security in Africa ‘from below.’ Its chapters provide compelling accounts for readers interested in the everyday assemblages of African security.”
Christopher Kinsey, author of Corporate Soldiers and International Security
“An essential contribution to the scholarship on security assemblages and private security in Africa. It should be compulsory reading for any academic and policy expert concerned with the state of African security today.”
Bruce Baker, Coventry University
“Bringing together some of the best scholars on private security in sub-Saharan Africa, this collection offers a detailed reminder that the local and global are invariably intertwined and that commercial efforts to achieve security may blend in surprising ways companies, development and human rights NGOs, local communities and state actors.”
Kevin Dunn, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
“Higate and Utas have produced a cohesive collection of insightful essays on the politics of private security in Africa (and beyond). Theoretically sophisticated and empirically informed, this impressive volume will be the baseline for future scholarship for years to come.”
Oslo Review of Docs and Books
“The contributions in the book undoubtedly add a high level of high-quality empirical evidence to understanding Africa's security.”
African Studies Review
“The authors provide a snapshot into complex and compelling scenarios of security governance in spaces where plurality is the norm. . . . An interesting and compelling read.”
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