The Politics of Everyday Crime in Africa

Insecurity, Victimization and Non-­State Security Providers

  • Danielle C. Kushner

About this book


This book offers distinct insights into the sources of state legitimacy in Africa by incorporating an analysis of non-state actors’ role in service delivery. The author examines how citizens’ reliance on non-governmental security actors such as street committees, neighborhood watches and community police forums, shape their attitudes toward the state and their political participation. Broadly, this project contributes to our understanding of citizens' everyday experiences of crime and violence at the local level, and why they matter, politically.

Danielle C. Kushner is Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Mary's College of Maryland, USA. She specializes in Comparative and African Politics. 


State Non-state Legitimacy Authority Community Police Violence Africa South Africa

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  • Danielle C. Kushner
    • 1
  1. 1.Political ScienceSt. Mary’s College of MarylandMaryland, MDUSA

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