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Policing the media : street cops and public perceptions of law enforcement

Author: David D Perlmutter
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, California : Sage Publications, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Policing the Media is an investigation into one of the paradoxes of the mass-mediated age. Issues, events, and people that we "see" most on our television screens are often those we understand the least. David D. Perlmutter examines this issue as it relates to one of the most frequently portrayed groups of people on television: police officers. Policing the Media is his ethnography of a police department, which  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Perlmutter, David D., 1962-
Policing the media.
Thousand Oaks, California : Sage Publications, ©2000
(OCoLC)652102421
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David D Perlmutter
ISBN: 0761911049 9780761911043 0761911057 9780761911050
OCLC Number: 42590889
Description: xv, 159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Viewing and picturing cops. Looking back through the viewfinder. Wanting something to "happen". "Here's a good shot". "They'll think we're boring" --
All the street's a stage. The dramaturgical metaphor. Approaching cops as viewers. The fog of the street --
Prime-time crime and street perceptions. Televisual content. Street perceptions : police responses to the screen --
Ethnography and police work --
Observing the street cop --
Front stage and back stage. The front stage. The back stage. Star power and control. Failed expectations and value judgments --
The (real) mean world. In the same boat. Everyone is innocent. No respect from the audience. The system is against them : statistics as bullshit. Tales of decline. Conclusions : rebels against the public? --
Real cops and mediated cops : can they "get along"?. Perceptions as effects. The struggle continues.
Responsibility: David D. Perlmutter.
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Examines the reaction of a real police department in the USA to television representations of 'cops'.  Read more...

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". . . a very good account of police working practices and philosophies that contributes to our understandings of contemporary police work." -- Martin Innes

 
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