Police, clans and cash in Somalia

Authors

  • Alice Hills University of Leeds

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3384/cu.1696

Keywords:

Clans, cultural practices, police, recruitment, stipends, Somalia

Abstract

This article explores the ways in which emergent police forces in conflict-affected Southern societies are shaped by cultural practices operating through social phenomena.  It uses the record of the prototypical police forces found in the Somali cities of Kismayo and Baidoa, 2014-2017, to explore the ways in which culture, power relations and local realities — in this case, clan-based calculations, Somali and international politics, and physical insecurity — influence police development. It draws on the cities' experience of a donor-funded 'basic policing' programme to identify the motivating forces shaping police evolution in a society familiar with many aspects of conventional policing operations and vocabulary but positioned at the opposite end of the technical and institutional spectrum to those shaping police studies' canonical literature.

 

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Published

2022-01-19