Cop knowledge : police power and cultural narrative in twentieth-century America (Book, 2000) []
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Cop knowledge : police power and cultural narrative in twentieth-century America

Cop knowledge : police power and cultural narrative in twentieth-century America

Author: Christopher P Wilson
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Whether they appear in mystery novels or headline news stories, on prime-time TV or the silver screen, few figures have maintained such an extraordinary hold on the American cultural imagination as modern police officers. Why are we so fascinated with the police and their social and political power? What relation do these pervasive media representations bear to the actual history of modern policing?"--Cover.

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilson, Christopher P. (Christopher Pierce), 1952-
Cop knowledge.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher P Wilson
ISBN: 0226901327 9780226901329 0226901335 9780226901336
OCLC Number: 42580137
Description: xii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Thin blue lines : police power and cultural storytelling --
1. "The machinery of a finished society" : Stephen Crane, Theodore Roosevelt, and the police --
2." ... and the human cop" : professionalism and the procedural at midcentury --
3. Blue knights and brown jackets : beat, badge, and "civility" in the 1960s --
4. Hardcovering "true" crime : cop shops and crime scenes in the 1980s --
5. Framing the shooter : the Globe, the police, and the streets --
Epilogue. Police blues.
Responsibility: Christopher P. Wilson.
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In this text, Christopher Wilson examines narratives of police power in crime news, popular fiction and film, showing how they reflect and influence the real strategies of law enforcement on the  Read more...


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