Plural Policing in Papua New Guinea: More Than the Sum of Its Parts?

AuthorSinclair Dinnen
Published date01 August 2022
Date01 August 2022
Subject MatterArticles
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
2022, Vol. 38(3) 280 –294
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DOI: 10.1177/10439862221096954
Plural Policing in Papua
New Guinea: More Than
the Sum of Its Parts?
Sinclair Dinnen1
Scholars increasingly acknowledge that policing involves multiple actors and diverse
institutional arrangements. Although the global expansion of private security has
prompted much of the current interest in plural policing in the Global North, relatively
little attention has been paid to this phenomenon in the Global South despite the
manifestly plural character of policing in many such countries. This article examines
plural policing in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the Southwest Pacific. Policing in PNG
involves a bewildering array of different actors and institutional forms, ranging from
transnational police to unofficial urban settlement committees. Investigating the
shifting pattern of pluralization in the context of broader structural changes and the
intersections between different providers illuminates how policing actually works in
this socially diverse nation, as well as highlighting some of its implications for state
and society in this understudied part of the world.
policing and pluralization, global south, colonialism, security and order-making: Papua
New Guinea
While policing and public police organizations continue to be equated in the popular
imagination, the reality in many parts of the world is of multiple actors and
institutional arrangements involved in what might be broadly conceived as policing
activities. Current interest in the pluralization of policing among scholars in the Global
1The Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Corresponding Author:
Sinclair Dinnen, Department of Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University, Coombs Building, 9
Fellows Road, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601, Australia.
1096954CCJXXX10.1177/10439862221096954Journal of Contemporary Criminal JusticeDinnen

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