Ensuring security is key to any society. While it is commonly assumed that the state operates with a monopoly to provide security, not everybody considers the police as legitimate or as having a right to create social order. Read more here.
We are often more familiar with the formal right side of the figure, but as we can see from the left side of the figure there are many non-state actors involved in security provision. These local security initiatives and institutions reflect local realities. They provide crucial insight into local women and men’s everyday experience and conception of security and insecurity in local settings. Becoming familiar with these is useful to any promoters of COP. Key questions to consider include: