Community perceptions of private security at a mega-event

Aitken, A ORCID: 2021, 'Community perceptions of private security at a mega-event' , Security Journal, 37 , pp. 985-1005.

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The pluralisation of policing has caused much debate in criminology. Yet very few studies examine how the public perceive private security. This article addresses this gap by drawing on empirical qualitative data from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. It makes an empirical contribution to the existing mega-events literature by showing how local residents from a community perceived private security within the context of their everyday environment. Findings show that perceptions of private security were overall negative. This was attributed to a perceived lack of local knowledge, perceived lack of professional expertise, perceived poor communication, and perceived authoritarianism among security actors. Such findings raise important implications regarding the normative legitimacy of private security at mega-events and society more generally.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Security Journal
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 0955-1662
Depositing User: Dr Adam Aitken
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2023 09:23
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 09:23

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