The New Policing provides a comprehensive introduction to the critical issues confronting policing today. It incorporates an overview of traditional approaches to the study of the police with a discussion of current perspectives. The book goes on to examine key themes, including the core purpose of contemporary policework; the reconfiguration of police culture; organizational issues and dilemmas currently confronting the police; the managerial reforms and professional innovations that have been implemented in recent years; and the future of policing, security, and crime control. In offering this discussion of the nature and role of the police, The New Policing illustrates the need to re-examine and re-think the theoretical perspectives that have constituted policing studies. Examining evidence from the UK, the USA, and other western societies, the book promotes and enables an understanding of the cultural and symbolic significance of policing in society.

Police Studies: New Perspectives

Police Studies: New Perspectives

Police studies: New perspectives

The rationale for this chapter is not to provide a comprehensive summary of current developments in policing studies. Rather, this chapter identifies the innovative scholarship that has transformed our understanding not only of the defining characteristics of contemporary policing but also its theoretical approaches and methodologies. At various moments since the 1990s there has been a recognition of the urgent need to rethink the assumptions and registers on which police scholarship have been based. There has been an increasing acknowledgement that the starting point for any contemporary analysis of policing must be the recognition that economic and cultural globalization, de-materialization of production processes, new information and telecommunication technologies and networks, commodification and mass consumerism, and profound and rapid ...

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