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Author Perlmutter, David D., 1962-
Title Policing the media : street cops and public perceptions of law enforcement / David D. Perlmutter.
Imprint Thousand Oaks, California : Sage Publications, [2000]

Author Perlmutter, David D., 1962-
Subject Saint Louis Park (Minn.). Police Department.
Police -- United States -- Public opinion.
Police -- United States -- Attitudes.
Police and mass media -- United States.
Police in mass media.
Television cop shows -- Social aspects -- United States.
Description xv, 159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [149]-157) and index.
Contents Viewing and picturing cops. Looking back through the viewfinder. Wanting something to "happen". "Here's a good shot". "They'll think we're boring" -- All the street's a stage. The dramaturgical metaphor. Approaching cops as viewers. The fog of the street -- Prime-time crime and street perceptions. Televisual content. Street perceptions : police responses to the screen -- Ethnography and police work -- Observing the street cop -- Front stage and back stage. The front stage. The back stage. Star power and control. Failed expectations and value judgments -- The (real) mean world. In the same boat. Everyone is innocent. No respect from the audience. The system is against them : statistics as bullshit. Tales of decline. Conclusions : rebels against the public? -- Real cops and mediated cops : can they "get along"?. Perceptions as effects. The struggle continues.
ISBN 0761911049 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0761911057 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC # 42590889
Table of Contents
1Viewing and Picturing Cops1
  Looking Back Through the Viewfinder2
  Wanting Something to "Happen"6
  "Here's a Good Shot"8
  "They'll Think We're Boring"14
2All the Street's a Stage21
  The Dramaturgical Metaphor21
  Approaching Cops as Viewers26
  The Fog of the Street30
3Prime-Time Crime and Street Perceptions33
  Televisual Content34
  Street Perceptions: Police Responses to the Screen39
4Ethnography and Police Work54
  Observing the Street Cop54
5Front Stage and Back Stage63
  The Front Stage64
  The Back Stage70
  Star Power and Control87
  Failed Expectations and Value Judgments91
6The (Real) Mean World99
  In the Same Boat99
  Everyone Is Innocent102
  No Respect From the Audience106
  The System Is Against Them: Statistics as Bullshit110
  Tales of Decline115
  Conclusions: Rebels Against the Public?118
7Real Cops and Mediated Cops: Can They "Get Along"?121
  Perceptions as Effects122
  The Struggle Continues127
 About the Author160

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