AN INSIDE JOB Policing and Police Culture in Britain

Author: Young (Malcolm)
Year: 1991
Publisher: Clarendon Press (Oxford)
Edition Details: 1st UK edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9780198252962
Price: 5.00
Hardback. 1st UK edn. The author joined the Newcastle police force in 1955 as a sixteen year-old cadet. In the ensuing 33 years he rose to become a Superintendent and a Doctor of Anthropology. Drawing on his experience as a constable, a member of the Drugs Squad, and a Superintendent in the Research division of Mercia Police, as well as his skills as a social anthropologist, this book provides a fascinating, and at times disturbing, insight into the workings of 'today's' British "bobby". The author reveals that detectives invariably prefer the tactics, dress, language, and humour of "The Sweeney" to that of "Dixon of Dock Green", and examines the frequently sexist, racist, and violent roles they assume to play out their macho dramas. Laying bare the private and well-concealed practices of some aspects of policing, including the creation of crime figures and the manipulation of detection rates, he concludes by exploring the extent to which the police stage-manage the arbitrary and changing face of crime. This controversial insider story is essential reading for anyone concerned with the powers and practices of the modern police force. Illus. with Maps + References and Index. 424pp. 8vo. h/back. F. in F. dw. A fairly heavy book which will require additional postage if shipped overseas.


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