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Policing the Media

Policing the Media
Street Cops and Public Perceptions of Law Enforcement

176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Policing the Media examines the reaction of a real police department in the USA to television representations of `cops'. Through interviews, personal observations and black and white photography, the author describes the lives and philosophies of street patrol officers, with close attention paid to the ambiguous attitudes they hold towards their televisual comrades.

Viewing and Picturing Cops
All the Street's a Stage
Prime Time Crime and Street Perceptions
Ethnography and Police Work
Front Stage and Back Stage
The (Real) Mean World
Real Cops and Mediated Cops
Can They 'Get Along'?


". . . a very good account of police working practices and philosophies that contributes to our understandings of contemporary police work." 

Martin Innes
University of Surrey

David D. Perlmutter

DAVID D. PERLMUTTER is Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Professor at The University of Iowa. He received his BA ('85) and MA ('91) from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. ('96) from the University of Minnesota. He served as a Board member of the American Association of Political Consultants and now sits on the National Law Enforcement Museum Advisory Committee for its Media Exhibit. He is a graduate of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Workshop.... More About Author

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