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Centre of African Studies: People


SJ Cooper-Knock

SJ Cooper-Knock
SJ Cooper-Knock
Lecturer in International Development (CAS and Anthropology)
4.30 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 3936
Research Interests
Access to justice, Social Justice, Criminal Justice, Civil Justice, civil society, police, security, African security, African studies, South African politics, South Africa

SJ's research interests include: policing and punishment; law and social order; disaster response; and the politics of urban development. She is currently working with academics at University of the Western Cape on the lived experiences of Lockdown in Cape Town.

SJ completed her DPhil in International Development at the University of Oxford and taught at the LSE before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2014. She is currently a visiting researcher at ACMS at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Selected Publications 

Cooper-Knock, S.J. and Owen, O., 2018. Government paper: the negotiated production and life of state documents. Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue canadienne des études africaines52(3), pp.269-287.

Cooper-Knock, S.J. and Long, K. Camps. in Allen, T., Macdonald, A., and Radice, H. (eds). 2018.  A Dictionary of Humanitarianism. Routledge. 

Cooper-Knock, S.J. 2018. Beyond Agamben: Sovereignty, policing and ‘permissive space’ in South Africa, and beyond. Theoretical Criminology.  

Cooper-Knock, S.J., 2016. Continuity, Change and Crisis: Mapping South Africa’s Political Terrain. Journal of Southern African Studies42(1), pp.149-161.

Cooper-Knock, S.J. and Karekwaivanane, G.H., 2016. Introduction. Africa, 86 (01), pp.33-36.

Cooper-Knock, S.J., 2016. Behind closed gates: Everyday policing in Durban, South Africa. Africa86(01), pp.98-121.

Cooper-Knock, S.J. and Owen, O., 2015. Between vigilantism and bureaucracy: Improving our understanding of police work in Nigeria and South Africa. Theoretical Criminology, 19 (3), p.335-375.

Cooper-Knock, S.J., 2014. Policing in intimate crowds: Moving beyond ‘the mob’in South Africa. African Affairs, 113 (453), p563-582.

Cooper-Knock, S.J. 'I am not a police person': Politics, political legitimacy, and the everyday state in Durban. in Pihouse, R. and Minkley, G. Out of Order: Popular Struggles in Post-apartheid South Africa. Fort Hare Press: East London. In Press.

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PhD In African Studies; PhD in Politics; MSc (R) African Studies; MSc (R) Social Anthropology