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NCJ Number: 40994 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE DEPARTMENT PERCEPTIONS OF THE OCCURRENCE OF CIVIL DISTURBANCES
Journal: SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL RESEARCH  Volume:59  Issue:2  Dated:(OCTOBER 1974)  Pages:30-38
Author(s): E L QUARANTELLI; J R PONTING; J FITZPATRICK
Corporate Author: University of Southern California
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0071
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS PAPER EXPLAINS POLICE REACTION TO AND PERCEPTION OF GHETTO RIOTS.
Abstract: A STUDY OF POLICE DEPARTMENT PERCEPTIONS OF FOUR DIFFERENT CIVIL DISTURBANCES IN AMERICAN CITIES, THROUGH INTERVIEWS WITH KEY ORGANIZATIONAL PERSONNEL, YIELDS FIVE GENERAL PROPOSITIONS ABOUT ORGANIZATIONAL PERCEPTIONS OF RIOT PARTICIPANTS AND DYNAMICS. IN GENERAL, SOCIAL CONTROL AGENCIES SAW SPECIFIC EVENTS AND PARTICULAR TYPES OF PEOPLE RATHER THAN SEQUENTIAL HAPPENINGS AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS AS BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OCCURRENCE OF THE DISTURBANCES, ALTHOUGH THEY DID NOT PERCEIVE THE DISORDERS AS BEING ORGANIZED OR PLANNED.(AUTHOR ABSTRACT)....BDS
Index Term(s): Civil disorders; Collective violence; Crowd behavior; Perception; Police attitudes; Police community relations; Police effectiveness; Police training; Riot causes; Riot patterns; Riot prevention
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