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Citizens, Cops, and PowerRecognizing the Limits of Community$
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Steve Herbert

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226327303

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226327358.001.0001

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Elusive Legitimacy: Subservient, Separate, or Generative?

Elusive Legitimacy: Subservient, Separate, or Generative?

(p.63) {Chapter Three} Elusive Legitimacy: Subservient, Separate, or Generative?
Citizens, Cops, and Power

Steve Herbert

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines how conflicting demands for legitimacy place the police in an awkward position vis-à-vis the citizenry. It explains how different ideals such as subservience, separation, and generativity push the police to pursue different paths to make themselves politically palatable. The analysis shows that the narrative of separation possesses great resonance in the police's social world and underwrites a robust resistance to community policing.

Keywords:   police, legitimacy, citizenry, subservience, separation, generativity, community policing

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