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Cop Knowledge: Police Power and Cultural Narrative in Twentieth-century America (Hardback)
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Cop Knowledge: Police Power and Cultural Narrative in Twentieth-century America (Hardback)

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Hardback 286 Pages / Published: 08/06/2000
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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 power? What relation do these pervasive media representations bear to the actual history of modern policing? Christopher P. Wilson explores these questions by examining narratives of police power in crime news, popular fiction, and film, showing how they both reflect and influence the real strategies of law enforcement on the beat, in the squad room and in urban politics. He takes us from Theodore Roosevelt's year of reform with the 1890s NYPD to the rise of "community policing", from the classic "police procedural" film "The Naked City" to the best-selling novels of LAPD veteran Joseph Wambaugh. Wilson concludes by demonstrating the ways in which popular storytelling about police power has been intimately tied to the course of modern liberalism, and to the rising tide of neoconservatism today.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226901329
Number of pages: 286
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 236 x 165 x 25 mm
Edition: 2nd ed.

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