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NCJ Number: 151417 Find in a Library
Title: Asshole (From Police and Society: Touchstone Readings, P 307-328, 1995, Victor E. Kappeler, ed. - See NCJ-151401)
Author(s): J Van Maanen
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the interactional origins and consequences of the label "asshole" as it is used by policemen, specifically patrolmen, as they perform they daily routine tasks.
Abstract: The author argues that this typology represents a distinct type of person who is familiar to the police and with whom they deal on a regular basis. His second thesis is that the label arises from a set of situated conditions largely unrelated to the formal, social mandate of the police (i.e., to protect life and property, arrest offenders, and preserve the peace) but rather in response to some occupational and personal concerns shared by most patrolmen. The article describes certain understandings shared by street-level patrolmen as to what is involved in their work, and deals with the concept of street justice as it is meted out to the "asshole." The article implies that there is an implicit license granted by society to the police, by virtue of which certain police actions taken against this type of person are not governed. 9 notes and 46 references
Main Term(s): Police work attitudes
Index Term(s): Abuse of authority; Police Brutality
Note: Peter K. Manning and John Van Maanen, (Eds.), Policing: A View from the Street, (1978) pp. 221-238. Reprinted with permission.
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