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“It Is So Difficult”: The Complicated Pathways of Police-Community Relations

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/9780226327358.003.0006
“It Is So Difficult”: The Complicated Pathways of Police-Community Relations

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This chapter explores how community residents understand and evaluate the role of the police the role of the state. It reviews how citizens implicitly accept the reality that the police are simultaneously subservient, separate, and generative and highlights their frustrations when subservience is thwarted. The analysis reveals that separation and generativity often diminish citizens' voice and reduce their capacity to influence officer action.

Keywords: community residents; police; state; subservient; generativity; citizens' voice

Chapter.  9876 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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