Policing the Media: Street Cops and Public Perceptions of Law Enforcement

Policing the Media: Street Cops and Public Perceptions of Law Enforcement

by David D. (Dimitri) Perlmutter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761911049

ISBN-13: 9780761911043

Pub. Date: 02/10/2000

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Policing the Media is an investigation into one of the paradoxes of the mass media age. Issues, events, and people that we see most on our television screens are often those that we understand the least. David Perlmutter examined this issue as it relates to one of the most frequently portrayed groups of people on television: police officers. Policing

Overview

Policing the Media is an investigation into one of the paradoxes of the mass media age. Issues, events, and people that we see most on our television screens are often those that we understand the least. David Perlmutter examined this issue as it relates to one of the most frequently portrayed groups of people on television: police officers. Policing the Media is a report on the ethnography of a police department, derived from the author’s experience riding on patrol with officers and joining the department as a reserve policeman. Drawing upon interviews, Perlmutter describes the lives and philosophies of street patrol officers. He finds that cops hold ambiguous attitudes toward their television characters, for much of TV copland is fantastic and unrealistic. Moreover, the officers perceive that the public’s attitudes toward law enforcement and crime are directly influenced by mass media. This in turn, he suggests, influences the way that they themselves behave and perform on the street, and that unreal and surreal expectations of them are propagated by television cop shows. This cycle of perceptual influence may itself profoundly impact the contemporary criminal justice system, on the street, in the courts, and in the hearts and minds of ordinary people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761911043
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/10/2000
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

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'?

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