Police in Urban America, 1860-1920
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Police in Urban America, 1860-1920 by Eric H. Monkkonen
Book DescriptionRecent years have witnessed a growing interest in the social history of crime an-long a variety of disciplines. This book examines the rapid spread of uniformed police forces throughout late nineteenth-century urban America. It suggests that, initially, the new kind of police in industrial cities served primarily as agents of class control, dispensing and administering welfare services as an unintentioned consequence of their uniformed presence on the streets. This narrowed role hampered their ability to control crime, and, as modern social services developed and the police came increasingly to concentrate on crime control, they acquired a functional speciality at which they had never been particularly successful.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521531252
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Eric H. Monkkonen
Murder in New York City, Hardback (January 2001)» View all books by Eric H. Monkkonen
Expands what we know about urban homicide, and challenges some of the things we think we know. This title covers two centuries of murder in America's biggest city, combining statistical evidence with many other documentary sources to tease out the story behind the figures.
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