Chapter

The Unbearable Lightness of Community

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/9780226327358.003.0007
The Unbearable Lightness of Community

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on community policing. It suggests a need to rethink policing as a reform movement. It explains that the potential of community of policing is unlikely ever to be realized because it raises provocative questions about the roles of the state, community, and the relation between the government and the governed. The findings also indicate that community, in whatever form, cannot relate in any simple fashion to the police or any other component of the state.

Keywords: community policing; reform movement; state; police; government

Chapter.  5652 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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