Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226503516 Published July 2003
E-book $7.00 to $36.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226503523 Published February 2010

Policing Contingencies

Peter K. Manning

Peter K. Manning

305 pages | 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2003
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226503516 Published July 2003
E-book $7.00 to $36.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226503523 Published February 2010
Despite constant calls for reform, policing in the United States and Britain has changed little over the past thirty 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 impacts have 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.

Written with precision and judiciously argued, Policing Contingencies will be of value to scholars of sociology, criminology, information technology, and cultural theory.
Contents
PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PART 1 - POLICING CONTINGENCIES
1. Policing Contigencies
2. Aspects of the Anglo-American Police Organization
PART 2 - PICTURING POLICING
3. Media, Reflexivity, and the Mandate
4. The Dynamics of Police Reflection
PART 3 - TECHNOLOGIES AND INFORMATION
5. The Car and Driver as the Basic Police Technology
6. Horizons of Technology
7. Processes: Information Technology as a Source of Drama
PART 4 - POLICE ROLES AND CHANGE
8. Police Roles and Change
9. Risk, Trust, and Reflection
PART 5 - REFLECTIONS
10. Reprise
APPENDIXES
A. Methods and Dramaturgy
B. Data Sources and Limits
REFERENCES
INDEX
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