Territoriality and the Los Angeles Police Department
By (author) Steve Herbert
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Policing Space by Steve Herbert
Book DescriptionPolicing Space is a fascinating firsthand account of how the Los Angeles Police Department attempts to control its vast, heterogeneous territory. As such, the book offers a rare, ground-level look at the relationship between the control of space and the exercise of power. Author Steve Herbert spent eight months observing one patrol division of the LAPD on the job. A compelling story in itself, his fieldwork with the officers in the Wilshire Division affords readers a close view of the complex factors at play in how the police define and control territory, how they make and mark space. A remarkable ethnography of a powerful police department, underscored throughout with telling on-the-scene vignettes, this book is also an unusually intensive analysis of the exercise of territorial power-and of territoriality as a key component of police power. Unique in its application of fieldwork and theory to this complex subject, it should prove valuable to readers in urban and political geography, urban and political sociology, and criminology, as well as those who wonder about the workings of the LAPD.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816628650
(230mm x 151mm x 11mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Steve Herbert
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Citizens, Cops, and Power, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Steve Herbert
Politicians, citizens, and police agencies have long embraced community policing, hoping to reduce crime and disorder by strengthening the ties between urban residents and the officers entrusted with their protection. This book reveals the reasons why it rarely, if ever, works.
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