Policing Contingencies (BOK)

Peter K. Manning

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Despite constant calls for reform, policing in the United States and Britain has changed little over the past 30 years. In "Policing Contingencies", Peter K. Manning draws on decades of fieldwork to investigate how law enforcement works on the ground and in the symbolic realm and why most efforts to reform the way police work have failed so far. Manning begins by developing a model of policing as drama - a way of communicating various messages to the public in an effort to enforce moral boundaries. Unexpected outcomes, or contingencies, continually rewrite the plot of this drama, requiring officers to adjust accordingly. New information technologies, media scrutiny and representations, and community policing also play important roles, and Manning studies these influences in detail. He concludes that their impact has been quite limited, because the basic structure of policing - officer assessments based on encounters during routine patrols - has remained unchanged. For policing to really change, Manning argues, its focus will need to shift to prevention.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2003 Forfatter Peter K. Manning
University of Chicago Press
ISBN 9780226503516
Antall sider 280 Dimensjoner 16,4cm x 23,8cm x 1,9cm
Vekt 570 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Police & security services