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Policing and Media


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Introduction Part I: Police and media: setting the scene 1. Locating police media public relations 2. The logics of image work 3. 'Simulated policing': framing contemporary polcie media work Part II: Simulated policing 4. Policing the press release 5. Policing social media 6. Policing reality television Part III: Policing the police 7. New technologies and struggles of representation 8. Resistance and old media 9. Appendix; research methods.

About the Author

Murray Lee is Director of the Sydney institute of Criminology and an Associate Professor in Criminology at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law. He is the author of Inventing Fear of Crime and co-author of Fear of Crime: Critical Voices in an Age of Anxiety, both published by Routledge. Alyce McGovern is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminology Program Convenor at the University of New South Wales.


`Murray Lee and Alyce McGovern have written an innovative and important book. Based on cutting-edge empirical research and covering topics including social media, "simulated policing", police self-image and self-regulation, this book takes the field of police and media several leaps forward and can genuinely lay claim to being a new direction in critical criminology.'

Yvonne Jewkes, Professor of Criminology, University of Leicester, UK.

`Lee and McGovern meticulously detail how the media, and especially new media, is fundamentally altering the relationship between the police and the public. Policing and Media insightfully illuminates the various ways police are harnessing media to achieve diverse impacts in society and demonstrates how they are reshaping policing of the future by doing so. This highly accessible and invaluable resource is crucial reading for scholars of criminology, sociology and the media and is a must-read for policing and media practitioners.'

Sharon Pickering, Australian Research Council Professorial Future Fellow and Professor of Criminology, Monash University, Australia.

`Murray Lee and Alyce McGovern have produced an authoritative analysis of police communications in our increasingly mediated world. They skilfully blend theoretical insights with empirical research to build a convincing argument that the divide between operational policing and police media work is collapsing into "simulated policing". Police media and public relations are important but under-researched areas and the authors should be congratulated for writing this accessible, accomplished and much-needed book.'

Rob Mawby, Reader in Criminology, University of Leicester, UK.

'Lee and McGovern realise that, as policing and media continue to evolve in the 21st Century, so too must the theories and methods used to research them. Bringing new theoretical insights, and a methodological clarity and reflexivity that spans a decade of empirical work, the authors engage systematically with the multi-faceted intersections of policing and media. Their analyses of traditional and social media, news and reality programming, investigative and image work results in an insightful, timely and comprehensive study that genuinely succeeds in moving knowledge forwards. An impressive feat of scholarly work, and an important contribution to the literature.'

Chris Greer, Professor of Sociology, City University London, UK.

"Overall, Lee and McGovern have achieved a difficult feat in writing a book that reaches both their intended readerships: academics and practitioners in the fields of policing and media. They do so by carefully including original empirical research, an overview of the literature, and practical examples. Policing and Media is an informative and timely book for those specifically interested in police-community relations... Altogether, the authors have provided an in-depth analysis in a way not yet explored. In providing this critical analysis, the authors defend their argument that operational policing has changed from what it once was."

Andrea Marie Headley, Florida International University, Punishment and Society

"Murray Lee and Alyce McGovern's new book examines the broad gamut of policing, media and public relations. It is, however, particularly novel and useful in its focus on new media and the ways it impacts policing... This is an important book primarily aimed at criminologists but also of interest to those concerned with the politics of policing, police accountability, and the relationship between police, the media and the public... The book makes a significant contribution to documenting and analysing the contemporary landscape of police and the media and should find a place on many undergraduate reading guides and criminologists' bookshelves."

Jude McCulloch, Monash University, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

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