dr. Tessa Diphoorn
t.g.diphoorn@uu.nl
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Profile

Tessa Diphoorn is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. In May 2017, she will start on a new NWO-funded (Veni) research project: 'Policing the Police in Kenya: Analysing state authority from within'. Previously she conducted extensive ethnographic research about private security in South Africa and her book, "Twilight Policing. Private Security and Violence in Urban South Africa", has been published with the University of California Press (2016). She also worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam, where she conducted research on public-private security assemblages in Kenya, Israel, and Jamaica. She has a Bachelor degree in cultural anthropology and a MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, both obtained at Utrecht University.

Tessa Diphoorn was recently also appointed as one of the new members of the Utrecht Young Academy (UYA). For more information, see: https://www.uu.nl/en/news/first-24-members-of-the-utrecht-young-academy-selected

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Scientific expertise
Kenya
South Africa
policing
sovereignty
ethnographic fieldwork
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Key publications

Diphoorn, T.G. (2016). Twilight Policing. Private Security and Violence in Urban South Africa. (304 p.). Berkeley: University of California Press.

Diphoorn, T.G. (2015). ‘“It’s all about the body”: the bodily capital of armed response officers in South Africa. Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, 34 (4), (pp. 336) (352 p.).

Diphoorn, T.G. (2015). Twilight Policing: Private Security Practices in South Africa. British Journal of Criminology (19 p.).

Diphoorn, T.G. (2013). The Emotionality of Participation: Various Modes of Participation in Ethnographic Fieldwork on Private Policing in Durban, South Africa. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 42 (2), (pp. 201) (225 p.).

All publications
  2017
Diphoorn, T.G. (2017). An Ethnographic Approach to Non-State Security: Participation Observation among Private Security Officers. In Andreas Kruck & Andrea Schneiker (Eds.), Researching Non-state Actors in International Security Oxford: Routledge.
Diphoorn, T.G. (2017). Who do you Call? Private Security Policing in Durban, South Africa. In Paul Higate & Mats Utas (Eds.), Private Security in Africa - From the Global Assemblage to the Everyday Zed Books.
  2016
Diphoorn, T.G. (30.08.2016). “Surveillance of the Surveillers”: Regulation of the Private Security Industry in South Africa and Kenya. African Studies Review, 59 (2), (pp. 161-182) (22 p.).
Diphoorn, T.G. & Kyed, Helene Maria (26.07.2016). ENTANGLEMENTS OF PRIVATE SECURITY AND COMMUNITY POLICING IN SOUTH AFRICA AND SWAZILAND. African Affairs (23 p.).
Slooter, Luuk & Diphoorn, T.G. (2016). Introduction: The Contested Making of the City. Etnofoor, 28 (2), (pp. 7-11).
Diphoorn, T.G. (2016). Moonlighting: Crossing the public-private policing divide in Durban, South Africa. In Jan Beek, Mirco Göpfert, Olly Owen & Jonny Steinberg (Eds.), Police in Africa: The Street Level View London: Hurst & Co..
Diphoorn, T.G. & Grassiani, Erella (2016). Securitizing capital: A processual-relational approach to pluralized security. Theoretical Criminology, 20 (4), (pp. 430-445).
Diphoorn, T.G. (2016). Twilight Policing. Private Security and Violence in Urban South Africa. (304 p.). Berkeley: University of California Press.
  2015
Diphoorn, T.G. (2015). ‘“It’s all about the body”: the bodily capital of armed response officers in South Africa. Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, 34 (4), (pp. 336) (352 p.).
Diphoorn, T.G. & Grassiani, Erella (2015). Introduction: Security. Etnofoor, 27 (2), (pp. 7-13) (7 p.).
Jeursen, Thijs & Diphoorn, T.G. (2015). Tussen het “hier” en “daar”: het leven van de onderzoeker. #kijkSW, 11, (pp. 14-16) (3 p.).
Diphoorn, T.G. (2015). Twilight Policing: Private Security Practices in South Africa. British Journal of Criminology (19 p.).
  2014
Diphoorn, T.G. (2014). Private Security Governance in South Africa. In Christopher Haferburg & Marie Huchzermeyer (Eds.), Urban Governance in Post-apartheid Cities: Modes of Engagement in South Africa’s Metropoles (pp. 197) (210 p.). Stuttgart: Borntraeger.
Diphoorn, T.G. & Berg, Julie (2014). Typologies of Partnering Policing: Case studies from urban South Africa. Policing and Society, 24 (4), (pp. 425) (442 p.).
  2013
Diphoorn, T.G. (2013). The Emotionality of Participation: Various Modes of Participation in Ethnographic Fieldwork on Private Policing in Durban, South Africa. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 42 (2), (pp. 201) (225 p.).
  2010
Diphoorn, T.G. (2010). The 'black belt' of Khartoum: Multi-displaced Southerners in Sudan's capital. In Martijn Klem (Eds.), Who belongs to the city/to whom belongs the city (pp. 103) (118 p.). The Hague: Research for Development/VNG International.
  2009
Diphoorn, T.G. (2009). Security in the Twilight? Private Security Companies in Durban, South Africa. In R.C. Hudson, B. Wolfgang, F. Ferrandiz & K. Villanueva (Eds.), Peace, Confict and Identity. Multidisciplinary Approaches Duesto: Humanitarian Net.
  2008
Diphoorn, T.G. & Wiegink, N. (2008). Meer aandacht voor de fragiele stad. Heilige Huisjes: Anders kijken naar Internationale Samenwerking - Anders kijken naar Internationale Samenwerking (pp. 30) (38 p.). The Hague: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken.
Denissen, I.N.M., Diphoorn, T.G., Huesken, Jan, Koch, Dirk Jan, Leenstra, Melle, Wiegink, N. & Delgado Pitti, Ivan A. (2008). Oplossingen voor armoede. Goed bestuur: pak corruptie aan. Onze wereld, 50 (11), (pp. 54-58).
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NWO Veni research (2017-2020):

Tessa Diphoorn is the main applicant of an NWO-funded (Veni) research project: 'Policing the Police in Kenya: Analysing state authority from within'. The research project focuses on police oversight and state authority in Kenya and aims to develop an innovative approach to analysing the state by focusing on intrastate interactions.

Post-doctoral research (2014-2016):

Tessa Diphoorn participated as a post-doctoral researcher in a comparative analysis of public-private assemblages in Kenya, Jamaica, and Israel at the Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development Studies (GPIO), University of Amsterdam.

PhD research (2007-2013):

Tessa Diphoorn conducted an ethnographic analysis of armed response officers in Durban, South Africa. Dissertation, "Twilight Policing. Private Security in Durban, South Africa', defended on October 4, 2013 - Department of Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University.

Masters research (2005-2006):

 It’s all about who says what”. A discursive analysis of child recruitment in Sri Lanka. Supervisor: Prof. dr. Georg Frerks - Centre of Conflict Studies, Utrecht University.

Bachelor research (2005):

Local reconciliation efforts in San Jose de Chacaya, Guatemala. Supervisor: Dr. W. Hoobergen - Department of Cultural Anthropology, Utrecht University.

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