Sarah Biecker


"‘The File, the Truncheon and the Patrol’ – Policing in Uganda"


Policing in Uganda is a highly ambivalent endeavor. In the most extreme form the Ugandan police are an instrument of violence and repression, whereas many daily policing routines are of rather bureaucratic nature. This project scrutinizes the role of the Ugandan police as guardians of order and creators of disorder by analyzing their daily practices. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork the project follows the police in their everyday work – both, at the station and along the streets. By following the approach of political ethnography, the project attempts to contribute to an exchange between social anthropology and political science.


Prof. Dr. Klaus Schlichte, University of Bremen

Sponsoring Organization

DFG, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

Academic degree

2009 MA Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Magdeburg

2006 BA Cultural Science/Education, Humboldt University of Berlin


Biecker, Sarah; Schlichte, Klaus, 2014: Between Governance and Domination - The Everyday Life of Uganda's Police Forces, in: Koechlin, Lucy; Förster, Till (Hg.), The Politics of Governance, the state in Africa reconsidered, London: Taylor & Francis, (im Erscheinen)

Biecker, Sarah; Schlichte, Klaus, 2014: Policing Uganda, Policing the World. Working Paper of InIIS, No. 40. Bremen.

Biecker, Sarah; Schlichte, Klaus, 2013: Policing Uganda, Policing the World/2013, Working Paper Series, DFG Sonderschwerpunkt "Adaptation and Creativity in Africa”, Link (Stand: 03.01.2014)

Biecker, Sarah; Schlichte, Biecker, 2013: Policing Uganda, Policing the World. Working Paper of SPP 1448, No. 3. Leipzig/Halle.

Schlichte, Klaus; Biecker, Sarah, 2012: Was macht die Polizei in Uganda? SPP-Blog, Link (Stand: 16.01.2014) 

Biecker, Sarah, 2012: Aili Mari Tripp, Museveni's Uganda. Paradoxes of Power in a Hybrid Regime. Boulder, CO 2010. In African Affairs (442), 160-162.