Death Work Police, Trauma, and the Psychology of Survival
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In this fascinating new book, Vincent Henry (a 21-year veteran of the NYPD who recently retired to become a university professor) explores the psychological transformations and adaptations that result from police officers' encounters with death. Police can encounter death frequently in the course of their duties, and these encounters may range from casual contacts with the deaths of others to the most profound and personally consequential confrontations with their own mortality. Using the 'survivor psychology' model as its theoretical base, this insightful and provocative research ventures into a previously unexplored area of police psychology to illuminate and explore the new modes of…
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2004
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
|Foreword: Robert Jay Lifton|
|Introduction: The Death and Policing Nexus|
|Death Work: The General Context|
|Police Survivors of Death Encounters: Theoretical Perspective and Strategy of Inquiry|
|"Becoming a Cop": Basic Social and Psychological Processes|
|The Rookie's Experience: Introduction to Death|
|Patrol Sergeants: Routinization of the Death Encounter|
|Crime Scene Detectives: "Technicizing" the Death Encounter|
|Homicide Detectives: Emotional Reactions to Violent Death|
|Police Survivors: Genuine Threats to the Sense of Immortality|
|Reflections and Observations|
|Epilogue: September 11, 2001|