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Politics of Force : Media and the Construction of Police Brutality (00 Edition)

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When police brutality becomes front-page news, it triggers a sudden, intense interaction between the media, the public, and the police. Regina Lawrence ably demonstrates how these news events provide the raw materials for looking at underlying problems in American society. Journalists, policy makers, and the public use such stories to define a problematic situation, and this process of problem definition gives the media a crucial role in our public policy debates.

Lawrence extensively analyzes more than 500 incidents of police use-of-force covered by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times from 1985 to 1994, with additional analysis of more recent incidents such as as the shooting of Amadou Diallo in New York. The incidents include but are not limited to those defined as "police brutality." Lawrence reveals the structural and cultural forces that both shape the news and allow police to define most use-of-force incidents, which occur in far greater numbers than are reported, she says.

Lawrence explores the dilemma of obtaining critical media perspectives on policing policies. She examines the factors that made the coverage of the Rodney King beating so significant, particularly after the incident was captured on video. At the same time, she shows how an extraordinary news event involving the police can become a vehicle for marginalized social groups to gain entrance into the media arena.

In contrasting "event-driven" problem definition with the more thoroughly studied "institutionally driven" news stories, Lawrence's book fills a major gap in media studies. It also offers a broader understanding of the interplay between the criminal justice system and the media in today's world.

Synopsis:

"The Politics of Force is one of the best books in the media and politics field that I have read in some time. The book explains how the majority of cases involving police use of force never become reported as 'brutality.' Perhaps more importantly, it also explains why some cases are reported as brutality, and how such reporting affects public policy debates. This book makes a big contribution and it is a good read in the bargain."and#151;W. Lance Bennett, author of News: The Politics of Illusion

Synopsis:

This is a study of incidents of police violence as they were reported in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times over a ten year period (1981-1991) and how the media's portrayal of these incidents impacted and shaped public policy discourse.

About the Author

Regina G. Lawrence is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Portland State University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520221925
Subtitle:
Media and the Construction of Police Brutality
Author:
Lawrence, Regina G.
Author:
awrence
Author:
Lawrence, Regina G.
Author:
Regina G. L
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Law Enforcement
Subject:
Police brutality
Subject:
Police in mass media.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Crime-Enforcement and Investigation
Subject:
Television - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
A 364
Publication Date:
20001106
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 figures, 4 tables
Pages:
268
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 13 oz

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History and Social Science » Crime » Enforcement and Investigation
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Politics
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Product details 268 pages University of California Press - English 9780520221925 Reviews:
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"The Politics of Force is one of the best books in the media and politics field that I have read in some time. The book explains how the majority of cases involving police use of force never become reported as 'brutality.' Perhaps more importantly, it also explains why some cases are reported as brutality, and how such reporting affects public policy debates. This book makes a big contribution and it is a good read in the bargain."and#151;W. Lance Bennett, author of News: The Politics of Illusion
"Synopsis" by , This is a study of incidents of police violence as they were reported in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times over a ten year period (1981-1991) and how the media's portrayal of these incidents impacted and shaped public policy discourse.
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