Elusive Legitimacy: Subservient, Separate, or Generative?

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:
Elusive Legitimacy: Subservient, Separate, or Generative?

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This chapter examines how conflicting demands for legitimacy place the police in an awkward position vis-à-vis the citizenry. It explains how different ideals such as subservience, separation, and generativity push the police to pursue different paths to make themselves politically palatable. The analysis shows that the narrative of separation possesses great resonance in the police's social world and underwrites a robust resistance to community policing.

Keywords: police; legitimacy; citizenry; subservience; separation; generativity; community policing

Chapter.  13090 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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