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4/8/11 The Beginnings of ‘Police Studies’ According to McLaughlin, Michael Banton’s The Policeman in the Community “was a pioneering sociological understanding of the policeman’s occupation which was grounded in its social context” (McLaughlin, 27). In essence, “demonstrated why sociologists should study the police” (ibid).
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4/8/11 Banton’s Important Ideas Banton bequeathed a set of important research questions and concerns to future scholars. He believed that the following things should be studied: 1. What police officers actually do whey they are on duty. 2. How patrol officers make sense of their work.
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4/8/11 ‘Organic Policing’ and the Sacredness of Authority Banton was influenced by the Chicago School émigré Edward Shils. Besides emphasizing the need for the researcher to study ‘policing in action’, Shils brought attention to the Durkheimian notion of ‘sacredness’: “authority which is charged with obligations to provide for and to protect the community in its
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