Police in civil society: police, Enlightenment and civic virtue in urban Scotland, c. 1780–1833

@article{Barrie2010PoliceIC,
  title={Police in civil society: police, Enlightenment and civic virtue in urban Scotland, c. 1780–1833},
  author={David G. Barrie},
  journal={Urban History},
  year={2010},
  volume={37},
  pages={45 - 65}
}
ABSTRACT: Based on how notions of civil society and civic virtue were defined in Enlightenment Scotland, this article assesses how far these ideals shaped police development in Scottish towns, c. 1780–1833. It argues that both concepts provided a framework for the development of ‘police’ as a broad mechanism of urban government. Collectively, civil society and civic virtue offered a wide-ranging, intellectual backdrop presupposing ideas on police, improvement and polite society, with the new… Expand
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