Policing vulnerability: by Isabelle Bartkowiak-Theron and Nicole L. Asquith

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In this edited collection, the editors begin by asking important questions about the way vulnerability is perceived, categorised and dealt with by police. In particular, they unpack the terminology around vulnerability and examining the way markers of vulnerability have been addressed in academic research, critiquing siloed approaches that focus on primary dimensions of diversity that do not account for people presenting with multiple markers of vulnerability. The authors encourage a respectful approach to discussing vulnerability that focuses on individual agency rather than emphasizing disadvantage. This is refreshing, especially as there is sometimes a tendency in scholarly writing on vulnerability to be paternalistic. Bartkowiak-Theron and Asquith stress the importance of cultural competency in policing and assert that it can be an asset rather than an encumbrance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-41
Number of pages3
JournalSalus Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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