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The power of legitimate naming: Part II - Making sense of the elite police voice

I Loader, A Mulcahy

British Journal of Criminology | Published : 2001


In Part I of this paper (Loader and Mulcahy 2001) we set out to trace the coming to prominence since 1945 of an elite police voice with a significant symbolic power to represent and name social problems. In so doing, we charted the transition of chief officers from powerful but essentially local figures (1945-1972), through the rise of maverick, culturally salient 'police heroes' (1973-1986), to the establishment (from 1987 onwards) of a more corporate and generally liberal police outlook. Here -in Part II - we develop a sociological interpretation of these - documented - shifts, by seeking to grasp: (i) contemporary transformations in the professional ideology of police elites; (ii) the rel..

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