Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.




This paper deals with a contract security arrangement between a private firm and a group of residents of one public neighbourhood in an Ontario city. Using in-depth interviews with subscribers to the service, this is an exploratory study that analyzes the frequently neglected understandings of security consumers and the attributes of this new Canadian development in security provision. The results of this project highlight several themes, including disposable income, exclusivity, insecurity, responsibilization, and legality. These themes are used to demonstrate the claim that advanced liberalism relies on consumption, which is important for understanding how advanced liberal rule is put into practice by consumers. Claims of previous studies are assessed in light of these under-researched consumer imaginings. Finding substantial complexity in consumers' understandings of security, this study suggests that private security consumers should not be considered as homogeneous, and that more empirical research be focused on the consumption of security.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2006 .B766. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 45-01, page: 0163. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2006.