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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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“Don't Drink the Kool-Aid”: On the Resistance to Community Policing

“Don't Drink the Kool-Aid”: On the Resistance to Community Policing

(p.94) {Chapter Four} “Don't Drink the Kool-Aid”: On the Resistance to Community Policing
Citizens, Cops, and Power

Steve Herbert

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the cultural orientations and practices of the police that most potently shape their approach to the citizenry. It investigates how different actors within the bureaucracy work in relative isolation to attain an independent measure of prestige and explores the common narrative officers employ to understand criminality. The analysis suggests that these dynamics lead officers to resist many of the dicta of community policing, most notably the ideal of communal efficacy.

Keywords:   police, citizenry, bureaucracy, criminality, communal policing, communal efficacy

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