Police Streetcorner Politicians

ISBN-10: 0226546330
ISBN-13: 9780226546339
Edition: 1979
Authors: William K. Muir
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/1979
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 6.54" wide x 8.98" long x 0.78" tall
Weight: 1.166

"This book . . . examines the problem of police corruption . . . in such a way that the stereotype of the crude, greedy cop who is basically a grown-up delinquent, if not an out-and-out robber, yields to portraits of particular men, often of earnest good will and even more than ordinary compassion, contending with an enormously demanding and challenging job."--Robert Coles, New Yorker "Other social scientists have observed policemen on patrol, or have interviewed them systematically. Professor Muir has brought the two together, and, because of the philosophical depth he brings to his commentaries, he has lifted the sociology of the police on to a new level. He has both observed the men and talked with them at length about their personal lives, their conceptions of society and of the place of criminals within it. His ambition is to define the good policeman and to explain his development, but his achievement is to illuminate the philosophical and occupational maturation of patrol officers in 'Laconia' (a pseudonym) . . . . His discussions of [the policemen's] moral development are threaded through with analytically suggestive formulations that bespeak a wisdom very rarely encountered in reports of sociological research."--Michael Banton, Times Literary Supplement

Acknowledgments
The Problem of Coercive Power
""What is a Good Policeman?""
Four Policemen
The Extortionate Transaction
The Professional Political Model of the Good Policeman
The Four Paradoxes of Coercive Behavior
The Paradox of Dispossession: Skid Row at Night
The Paradox of Detachment: The Family Beef
The Paradox of Face: The Crowd Scene
The Paradox of Irrationality: The Juvenile Caper
The Responses to the Four Paradoxes of Coercive Power
The Development of Policemen 10

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