Policing and the Condition of England: Memory, Politics and Culture

Hardcover | November 24, 2003

byIan Loader, Aogan Mulcahy

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Citizens, it is said, have 'lost faith' in the English police. Opinion polls repeatedly show that trust in, and respect for, the police have declined precipitously from the historically high levels achieved during the 'golden age' of the 1950s. Successive decades of rising crime, politicalviolence and urban disorder, miscarriages of justice, and declining effectiveness have left the police in what seems like a permanent crisis of legitimation. A once revered national institution has become thoroughly profane.In this major new work on the relationship between English policing and culture, Ian Loader and Aogan Mulcahy reassess and revise this received sociological and popular wisdom on the fate that has befallen the English police. Paying close attention to the symbolic and cultural significance of thepolice, Loader and Mulcahy document the mix of profane and sacred sensibilities that struggle with one another to determine the contours of what they call English policing culture. They draw on documentary analysis of official 'representations' of policing, and oral historical research withcitizens, police officers, former government ministers and civil servants, to show that, far from being 'demystified', policing is a cultural institution that remains deeply entangled with questions of subjectivity, recognition, belonging and collective identity.This cultural sociology of English policing sheds new light on the social changes and conflicts that have called police authority into question in the decades since 1945 and offers an important appraisal of what is at stake in the contemporary cultural politics of policing.

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Citizens, it is said, have 'lost faith' in the English police. Opinion polls repeatedly show that trust in, and respect for, the police have declined precipitously from the historically high levels achieved during the 'golden age' of the 1950s. Successive decades of rising crime, politicalviolence and urban disorder, miscarriages of ju...

Ian Loader graduated with a law degree from the Sheffield University in 1986 and then worked for a year as a law lecturer at Liverpool Polytechnic. He subsequently spent five years in the Faculty of Law at the University of Edinburgh from where he obtained a M.Sc Legal Studies (Criminology) in 1988 and a Ph.D. in 1993. From 1990-1992 ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:398 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:November 24, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Settings and Reorientations1. Losing Faith?: Policing and Social Change in England since 19452. On Symbolic Power: Towards a Cultural Sociology of PolicingNarratives of Policing and Culture3. The Eclipse of the English Bobby4. The Fracturing of Police Authority5. The Cultural Politics of Police, 'Race', and Nation6. The Job and the Force7. The Power of the Police Voice8. Cultures of Police GovernancePast and Present in Contemporary Policing9. English Policing and Contemporary Culture

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`To understand the book it would be possible simply to read the preface and total argument would be there. It in effect acts as an executive summary to the work and to the hurried practitioner or the pressurised student needing to get the essay in on time to understand they need go nofurther. However, that would be to miss the value of the detailed research and the insights offered in the course of the analysis.'Policing Today