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Policing Contingencies

Peter K. Manning


Despite constant calls for reform, policing in the United States and Britain has changed little over the past thirty years. This book draws on decades of fieldwork to investigate how law enforcement works on the ground and in the symbolic realm, and why most efforts to reform the way police work have failed so far. The author begins by developing a model of policing as drama—a way of communicating various messages to the public in an effort to enforce moral boundaries. Unexpected outcomes, or contingencies, continually rewrite the plot of this drama, requiring officers to adjust accordingly. N ... More

Keywords: reform, policing, law enforcement, moral boundaries, unexpected outcomes, contingencies, officers, information technologies, media scrutiny, routine patrols

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226503516
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226503523.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter K. Manning, author