Police in a Multicultural Society: An American Story / Edition 1

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Unique in its presentation of traditional police-related topics from a multicultural perspective, this illuminating work gives voice to the historically marginalized in order to shed a penetrating light on the real world of policing. Police-society relations are discussed from the perspective of minority police officers as well as members of the communities served, providing a dimension often overlooked in police studies. In tapping traditionally neglected resources and viewpoints, the authors hope to achieve long-needed insights into police theory, research, and practice. The authors draw on their personal and professional experiences to give readers a greater appreciation for how lived experiences shape perceptions of the police and their assigned role in society. Their narrative style brings to life the worldviews of African Americans, Native Americans, women, and gays and lesbians in modern American society.
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The authors (both: U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) examine police-society relations from the perspective of minority police officers as well as members of the communities served. They begin with an analysis of the role of police and police-community relations. A section on police and rebellion covers incidents from the colonial period to the 1992 LA riots. Finally, a section on marginalized police officers discusses the experiences of Native American, African American, and women police officers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577661290
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/18/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 939,788
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Part 1 The Role of Police 1
1 Multiple Perspectives on the Role of Police 5
Multicultural Mosaic of U.S. Society 6
Criminal Justice Education 7
What Police Do 11
The Value of Historical Perspective 17
Conclusion 17
Notes 18
2 A Historical Analysis of Municipal Policing in the United States 19
Preindustrial Policing 19
Industrial Policing 23
Specifically Tailored Social Control 28
Modern Policing 32
Postmodern Policing 40
Conclusion 46
Part 2 Police-Community Relations 49
3 Underpolicing 53
White Violence 53
Radical Reconstruction 54
Jim Crow 55
World War I 60
Red Summer 62
World War II 62
The Civil Rights Movement 64
Underpolicing in Milwaukee 74
Conclusion 77
Notes 78
4 Overpolicing 79
Fear of Rebellion 79
Regulation of the Poor 81
Police Harassment and Brutality 84
Rodney King 91
Institutionalized Racism 92
Conclusion 96
5 Police-Community Relations Programs 99
Critical Events Converge 99
Innovative Responses to Challenging Situations 101
Race-Relations Training 103
Revisited Concepts 105
A New Urgency 110
Untenable Relationships 114
Expectations and Potential Pitfalls 116
Conclusion 118
Notes 121
Part 3 Police and Rebellion 123
6 From Slavery to Jim Crow 127
Early Struggles against Enslavement 127
The Colonial Period 129
The United States of America 130
Political Struggles 139
Sabotage 141
Conclusion 146
7 Agitation vs. Accommodation 147
Conciliation 147
Opposing Voices 148
Rebellion in the Streets 149
Economic Rebellion 151
New Leaders Emerge 156
Courtroom Justice 161
Direct Action and the Mean Streets 161
Conclusion 163
8 Modern Urban Rebellions 165
Motivations for Riots as Protests 165
The Watts Riot 168
Summer of 1967 173
Rippling Effects of the Civil Rights Movement 179
Conclusion 184
9 Rebellion in Los Angeles, 1992 185
The Role of the Police 185
Conclusion 201
Part 4 Marginalized Police Officers 205
10 Native American Police Officers 209
Introduction 209
Native American Tribal Police 209
The Occupying Army 210
The Formation of Tribal Police 212
Self-determination vs. Social Control 215
American Indian Policy: 1887-1998 219
Conclusion 221
11 African American Police Officers 223
Community Empowerment 224
Individual Empowerment 232
The Role of Minority Police Organizations 235
Social Control 241
Who Influences Whom? 249
Conclusion 253
12 Women Police Officers 255
Police Matrons 255
Policing Women and Children 257
The Transformation Begins 259
The Second Generation of Women Officers 262
Women on Patrol 263
Resistance to Women Police 266
A Hostile Environment 268
Conclusion 272
13 Gay and Lesbian Police Officers 275
Multiple Challenges 275
Coming Out 276
The Recruitment of Gay and Lesbian Police 282
Impact of Gay and Lesbian Police Officers 284
Conclusion 285
Afterword: Police and Society 289
Power and Interests 290
Class 292
References 297
Index 305
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