Policing as Social Discipline

Hardcover | January 1, 1998

bySatnam Choongh

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This book challenges the traditional idea that policing is the first stage in a criminal justice process, in which the police use their powers of criminal investigation to feed cases into the legal process for authoritative legal resolution. The author argues that the political space allowedto the police on the streets and in the police station allows them to pursue a different agenda of social discipline, targeted at certain sections of the community. This alternative perspective provides new sociological insights into the use of police powers in modern society. The book examines thefairness of police processes by using empirical data to analyse the impact that such powers have on the lives of those who regularly become the objects of police attention.

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This book challenges the traditional idea that policing is the first stage in a criminal justice process, in which the police use their powers of criminal investigation to feed cases into the legal process for authoritative legal resolution. The author argues that the political space allowedto the police on the streets and in the polic...

Satnam Choongh is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Warwick and a Member of The Legal Research Institute at the Warwick University School of Law.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:274 pages, 8.43 × 5.35 × 0.1 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019826478X

ISBN - 13:9780198264781

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Table of Contents

Table of CasesChapter 1: Coercing the SuspectChapter 2: Models of the Criminal ProcessChapter 3: Policing the DrossChapter 4: Order in the Charge RoomChapter 5: The Fairness of Police Station Procedures: The Suspect's PerspectiveChapter 6: The Impact of Due ProcessChapter 7: The Suspect's PerspectiveChapter 8: Fairness, Social Discipline and ReformAppendix A: MethodologyIndex