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NCJ Number: 168624 Find in a Library
Title: Police Work: The Social Organization of Policing
Author(s): P K Manning
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 381
Sponsoring Agency: Waveland Press, Inc.
Long Grove, IL 60047
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88133-953-9
Sale Source: Waveland Press, Inc.
4180 IL Route 83
Suite 101
Long Grove, IL 60047
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author presents sociological and dramaturgical perspectives on the internal and external influences that shape police work and the underlying principles and tenets that organize public conduct.
Abstract: The text also uses information theory, systems theory, and other approaches to describe society in terms of symbolic communication and to discuss the role of information and its interpretation. The author describes the modern police as a modification of a traditional organizational form that emerged in England in the early 19th century and that was transformed in the United States. The author notes that police have made crime control their primary legitimating theme and have grown in strength, power, and authority in recent years, despite the reality that a variety of structural factors prevent them from controlling crime. The discussion emphasizes that policing is a drama that symbolizes social control, that it represents morality and standards of civility and decency by which people measure themselves, and its mysterious quality attached endures because it is a service that society assembles to stimulate the best in citizens on behalf of others. Figures, table, chapter notes, index, and approximately 500 references
Main Term(s): Police responsibilities
Index Term(s): Canada; Police attitudes; Police effectiveness; Police internal organizations; Police role conflict; Public Opinion of the Police; United Kingdom (UK); US/foreign comparisons
Note: 2nd edition
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