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Policing the Risk Society : Clarendon Studies in Criminology - Richard V. Ericson

Policing the Risk Society

Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1997
ISBN: 9780198265535
Number Of Pages: 502

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In this provocative new book, Richard Ericson and Kevin Haggerty contend that the police have become information brokers to institutions such as insurance companies and health and welfare organizations that operate based on a knowledge of risk. In turn, these institutions influence the ways that police officers think and act. A critical review of existing research reveals the need to study police interaction with institutions as well as individuals. These institutions are part of an emerging "risk society" where knowledge of risk is used to control danger. The authors examine different aspects of police involvement; the use of surveillance technologies and the collection of data on securities, careers and different social, ethnic, age and gender groups. They conclude by looking at how police organizations have been forced to develop new communications rules and technologies to meet external demands for knowledge of risk. This is the first book in this field to include detailed evidence of some of the central tenets of the risk society. It also includes a sophisticated examination of the risk society theory that will advance readers' knowledge considerably. With this book, the authors revolutionize the study of policing, and their work will impact heavily on scholars in criminology, social theory, and communications as well as policing and the public.

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"Ericson and Haggarty's work...provides a much needed assessment of the lattice work for policing the risk society."

Introduction I. Policing 1: Policing as Risk Communication 2: Policing, Risk, and Law 3: Community Policing and Risk Communications II. The Risk Society 4: Risk Discourse 5: Risk Institutions 6: Risk and Social Change III. Risks to Territories 7: Tracing Territories 8: Mobilizing Territories 9: Territorial Communities IV. Risks to Securities, Careers, and Identities 10: Securities 11: Careers 12: Identities V. Risks to Police Organization 13: Knowledge Risk Management 14: Communication Rules 15: Communication Formats 16: Communication Ideologies Summary and Conclusions References Index

ISBN: 9780198265535
ISBN-10: 0198265530
Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 502
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.6  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.78

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