chapter  6
Globalising Security Culture and Knowledge in Practice: Nigeria’s Hybrid Model
ByAlice Hills
Pages 16

ABSTRACT Public police around the world share certain occupational commonalities, but this

does not represent a globalising security culture. Certain norms may appear to facilitate a less

ambitious internationalist or transnational culture by modifying police behaviour through

processes of socialisation and internalisation, but they do so for instrumental, rather than

intrinsic reasons and are limited in their effects. The experience of the Nigeria Police (which

is both the target of, and a contributor to, the transnational rescue industry) makes this

explicit. This article emphasises the extent to which Nigeria’s commitment to the UN policing

operations commonly thought to encapsulate a globalising culture is outweighed by domestic

concerns. More significantly, the Nigeria Police’s distinction between domestic and

international practice exemplifies the ways in which intermediary states in the South

construct, exercise, and validate hybrid forms of security knowledge. Distinguishing between

utilitarian and theoretical forms of knowledge provides an analytical tool for understanding

the pragmatic and flexible practices that result.