Beatings, Beacons, and Big Men: Police Disempowerment and Delegitimation in India

  title={Beatings, Beacons, and Big Men: Police Disempowerment and Delegitimation in India},
  author={B. Sifuentes J{\'a}uregui},
  journal={Law \&\#x0026; Social Inquiry},
  pages={643 - 669}
  • B. Jáuregui
  • Published 1 September 2013
  • Law, Sociology
  • Law & Social Inquiry
It is a truism that police in India generally lack legitimate authority and public trust. This lack is widely understood by scholars, policy analysts, and police practitioners as being rooted in the institution's colonial development as a means of oppression, and its alleged corruption and criminalization in the postcolonial period. The social facts of situational hyper-empowerment and the widespread decadence of police do much to explain their poor image and performance, but these explanations… 

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