Policing and Society: A Global Approach / Edition 1

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Policing and Society: A Global Approach covers a wide range of topics related to policing, with strong sociological analysis and an emphasis on global concepts and issues. This well-organized, reader-friendly book includes comprehensive coverage of important issues such as police corruption, use of excessive force, and police subculture. The book's unique international approach includes guest-written "International Perspectives" and various case studies, examples, and analogies illustrating policing here and in other countries. Students are able to compare and understand policing methods, challenges, and solutions across nations and cultures—and develop a broader outlook on law enforcement worldwide. Policing and Society: A Global Approach reflects the current state of policing and where the forefront of policing will be in the coming years. With this book, students not only develop an understanding of law enforcement on a local, regional, and national level, but also gain a deeper appreciation of issues on a larger scale, in the international community. The text's combined global and sociological perspective provides students with the knowledge and competence to better understand global law enforcement issues in a post 9/11-era.

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"The comparative sections [are] invaluable to the students in today's climate. This is, by far, the strongest aspect of the text. … [The global/international] perspective is IMPERATIVE [to my students]. … Given the events of 9-11, students must realize that the world shrunk. "

"The [book] presents a variety of important subjects from both a sociological and criminal justice generalist perspective."

"[A] strength [of the book] is the sociological aspects within each chapter. As a sociologically trained criminologist I appreciate the social application of information for future law enforcement professionals."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534623432
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/4/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,270,743
  • Product dimensions: 8.01 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Palmiotto, PhD, is Professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University. He has a master's degree from John Jay College (CUNY) and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Palmiotto has published ten books and numerous book chapters and research articles on policing and criminal justice. He has also lectured internationally.

N. Prabha Unnithan, PhD is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Crime and Justice at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He edits the Social Science Journal and recently co-authored Guns, Violence and Criminal Behavior (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishing). He has published numerous book chapters and research articles and has lectured internationally on a wide variety of criminal justice and policing topics.

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Table of Contents

1. Perspectives on the Police. 2. Police and Social Control. 3. Police and Social Institutions. 4. Police and the Criminal Justice System. 5. Police Bureaucracy. 6. Police and Crime Fighting. 7. Police, Order Maintenance and Service. 8. Police Discretion. 9. The Police Subculture. 10. Police and the Community. 11. Police and Crime Prevention. 12. Police and Special Populations. 13. Police Corruption. 14. Police Use of Excessive Force. 15. Policing the Globe. 16. The Future of Policing.

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