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Introduction

Steve Herbert

in Citizens, Cops, and Power

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780226327303
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226327358 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226327358.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter discusses the objective of this volume which is to evaluate the potential effectiveness of community policing based on a series of case studies of a set of neighborhoods in West Seattle, Washington. This volume aims to determine if community can be treated as a legitimate political actor and whether it should interact with state agencies. The analysis reveals that community is not a sufficient support for the political responsibilities it is often meant to assume and that communities are usually light in terms of political voice.

Keywords: community policing; neighborhoods; West Seattle; Washington; political actor; political responsibilities; political voice

Chapter.  5694 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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