The Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing

The Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing

Edited by  , Edited by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?


The police are perhaps the most visible representation of government. They are charged with what has been characterized as an "impossible" mandate-control and prevent crime, keep the peace, provide public services-and do so within the constraints of democratic principles. The police are trusted to use deadly force when it is called for and are allowed access to our homes in cases of emergency. In fact, police departments are one of the few government agencies that can be mobilized by a simple phone call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are ubiquitous within our society, but their actions are often not well understood. The Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing brings together research on the development and operation of policing in the United States and elsewhere. Accomplished policing researchers Michael D. Reisig and Robert J. Kane have assembled a cast of renowned scholars to provide an authoritative and comprehensive overview of the institution of policing. The different sections of the Handbook explore policing contexts, strategies, authority, and issues relating to race and ethnicity.
The Handbook also includes reviews of the research methodologies used by policing scholars and considerations of the factors that will ultimately shape the future of policing, thus providing persuasive insights into why and how policing has developed, what it is today, and what to expect in the future. Aimed at a wide audience of scholars and students in criminology and criminal justice, as well as police professionals, the Handbook serves as the definitive resource for information on this important institution.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 696 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 53.34mm | 1,088.62g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 b/w line; 2 b/w halftone
  • 0199843880
  • 9780199843886
  • 894,399

Table of contents

List of Contributors ; PART I: POLICING CONTEXTS ; 1. A Recent History of Police, James J. Willis ; 2. Policing Urban Drug Markets, Lallen Johnson ; 3. The Politics of Policing, John L. Worrall ; 4. Police Organizations and the Iron Cage of Rationality, Edward R. Maguire ; PART II: POLICING STRATEGIES ; 5. Problem-Oriented Policing: Principles, Practice, and Crime Prevention, Anthony A. Braga ; 6. Order-Maintenance Policing, David Thacher ; 7. Community Policing, Gary Cordner ; 8. Zero Tolerance and Policing, Jack R. Greene ; 9. Policing Vulnerable Populations, Melissa Schaefer Morabito ; PART III: POLICE AUTHORITY ; 10. Police Authority in Liberal Consent Democracies: A Case for Anti-Authoritarian Cops, Willem de Lint ; 11. Police Legitimacy, Justice Tankebe ; 12. Police Coercion, William Terrill ; 13. Restraint and Technology: Exploring Police Use of the TASER Through the Diffusion of Innovation Framework, Michael D. White ; 14. Police Misconduct, Sanja Kutnjak Ivkovich ; PART IV: RACE/ETHNICITY AND POLICING ; 15. Police Race Relations, Ronald Weitzer ; 16. Race, Place, and Policing the Inner-City, Rod K. Brunson and Jacinta M. Gau ; 17. Racial Profiling, Robin Engel and Derek M. Cohen ; 18. Illegal Immigration and Local Policing, Melanie A. Taylor, Scott H. Decker, Doris M. Provine, Paul G. Lewis, and Monica W. Varsanyi ; PART V: VARIETIES OF POLICE RESEARCH ; 19. Police Administrative Records as Social Science Data, Matthew J. Hickman ; 20. Using Community Surveys to Study Policing, Wesley G. Skogan ; 21. Systematic Social Observation of the Police, Robert E. Worden and Sarah J. McLean ; 22. Using Experimental Designs to Study Police Interventions, Lorraine Mazerolle, Cynthia Lum, and Anthony A. Braga ; 23. Ethnographies of Policing, Peter K. Manning ; PART VI: POLICING INTO THE FUTURE ; 24. Police Legitimacy in Action: Lessons for Theory and Policy, Ben Bradford, Jonathan Jackson, and Mike Hough ; 25. Private Policing in Public Spaces, Alison Wakefield and Mark Button ; 26. The Policing of Space: New Realities, Old Dilemmas, Steve Herbert ; 27. Policing in Central and Eastern Europe: Past, Present, and Future Prospects, Gorazd Mesko, Andrej Sotlar, and Branko Lobnikar ; 28. Local Police and the "War" on Terrorism, Brian Forst ; Index
show more

About Michael D. Reisig

Michael D. Reisig is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. Robert J. Kane is Professor and Director of the Program of Criminology and Justice Policy at Drexel University, and co-author of Jammed-Up: Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department.
show more