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The Ambivalent force : perspectives on the police

Author: Abraham S Blumberg; Elaine Niederhoffer
Publisher: New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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These 46 articles examine the role of the police in both the past and the present, with emphasis on the ambiguities and ambivalences inherent in the police role. The analyses are written from the perspectives of behavioral science, journalism, psychiatry, law, law enforcement, history, and administration. They include a discussion of the social and historical contexts in which the police function; the impacts of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abraham S Blumberg; Elaine Niederhoffer
ISBN: 003062004X 9780030620041
OCLC Number: 11089560
Notes: Second ed. compiled by Arthur Niederhoffer, Abraham S. Blumberg. c 1976.
Description: xii, 452 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
Section 1. The social, historical, and comparative setting. The police and the social system : reflections and prospects / Abraham S. Blumberg --
The triumph of reform : police professionalism 1920-1965 --
"To serve and protect" : learning from police history / Mark H. Moore and George L. Kelling --
The police and ethnic minorities : a British policing dilemma / David W. Pope --
Section 2. Police role and career. Explanations of police behavior : a critical review and analysis / John G. Galliher --
The detective task : state of the art, science, craft? / Thomas A Reppetto --
The evolving role of women in American policing / Edith Linn and Barbara Raffel Price --
A sketch of the policeman's working personality / Jerome H. Skolnick --
Observations on the making of policemen / John Van Maanen --
The black police officer : an historical perspective / Jack L. Kuykendall and David E. Burns --
The Jewish patrolman / Arthur Niederhoffer --
Section 3. Police organization and control. The traffic violator : organizational norms / Richard J. Lundman --
The paramilitary model of police and police professionalism / James H. Auten --
Discipline in American policing / Donal E.J. MacNamara --
Section 4. Police values and culture. Bob Patrick / Studs Terkel --
The asshole / John Van Maanen --
Police misconduct / Richard J. Lundman --
Section 5. Police discretion. A socio-legal theory of police discretion / Richard E. Sykes, James C. Fox, and John P. Clark --
Causes of police behavior : the current state of quantitative research / Lawrence W. Sherman --
A typology of operational styles / Michael K. Brown --
Police cynicism / Arthur Niederhoffer --
Section 6. Policeman as philosopher, guide, and friend / Elaine Cumming, Ian Cumming, and Laura Edell --
Broken windows : the police and neighborhood safety / James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling --
Controlling people / Jonathan Rubinstein --
The effect of the police on crime / James Q. Wilson and Barbara Boland --
The seven deadly sins of terrorism / Paul Johnson --
Section 7. Police and the legal system. Liberty and justice : fair play and fair trial / Leo Pfeffer --
United States, Petitioner v. Albert Ross, Jr., 456 U.S. 798 (1982) / Supreme Court of the United States --
The Supreme Court and the police : constitutional searches and seizures / David N. Atkinson --
Double standard / James Flora --
Legal aspects of police administration / Jack Call and Donald Slesnick --
Why punishment does not deter / Douglas D. Heckathorn --
Section 8. Critiques of the police. Ideology and criminal justice policy : some current issues / Walter B. Miller --
The dirty Harry problem / Carl B. Klockars --
Police brutality : a model for definition, perspective, and control / David L. Carter --
"Viva la policia" / David Durk --
Section 9. The use of deadly force. Always prepared : police off-duty guns / James J. Fyfe --
Research on police use of deadly force : the state of the art / Mark Blumberg --
Section 10. Police stress. Paradox in policing : a note on perceptions of danger / Francis T. Cullen, Bruce G. Link, Lawrence F. Travis, III and Terrence Lemming --
Police stress : the empirical evidence / W. Clinton Terry, III --
Section 11. The police family. Policemen's wives : the blue connection / Arthur Niederhoffer and Elaine Niederhoffer --
I'm not the man I used to be : reflections on the transition from prof to cop / William G. Doerner --
Section 12. The future of law enforcement. Law enforcement : a look into the future / A.C. Germann --
Criminal justice education : the end of the beginning / Richard Pearson --
Police unionism as a developmental process / Allen D. Sapp --
What goes around, comes around : policing America, 1999 / G. Thomas Citchoff and Joel Henderson --
Selected bibliography --
Glossary --
Name index --
Subject index.
Responsibility: [compiled by] Abraham S. Blumberg, Elaine Niederhoffer.

Abstract:

These 46 articles examine the role of the police in both the past and the present, with emphasis on the ambiguities and ambivalences inherent in the police role. The analyses are written from the perspectives of behavioral science, journalism, psychiatry, law, law enforcement, history, and administration. They include a discussion of the social and historical contexts in which the police function; the impacts of race, class, ethnicity, gender, occupational speciality, and training on the police role; and the organizational and institutional constraints within which the police operate. The sources of the police values of loyalty, authoritarianism, and defensiveness are surveyed, and police corruption is examined. Police discretion is considered in terms of the underlying social, organizational, psychological, and ideological variables. Police relations with urban minorities and other urban communities and the police response to terrorism are also discussed. Further sections consider the legal issues affecting the police, controversies surrounding the police role, the police use of deadly force, police stress, and the dynamics of family relationships of police personnel. A concluding section considers the future of policing, police education, and police unionism.

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