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Cop Knowledge Police Power and Cultural Narrative in Twentieth-Century America

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ISBN-10: 0226901335

ISBN-13: 9780226901336

Edition: 2000

Authors: Christopher P. Wilson

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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…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 286
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction Thin Blue Lines: Police Power and Cultural Storytelling
"The Machinery of a Finished Society": Stephen Crane, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Police
"...and the Human Cop": Professionalism and the Procedural at Midcentury
Blue Knights and Brown Jackets: Beat, Badge, and "Civility" in the 1960s
Hardcovering "True" Crime: Cop Shops and Crime Scenes in the 1980s
Framing the Shooter: The Globe, the Police, and the Streets Epilogue- Police Blues