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ISBN10: 0816628653 ISBN13: 9780816628650 DDC: 363.2/09794/94 LCC: HV8148 Edition: (pbk. : acid-free paper)


Policing Space is a fascinating firsthand account of how the Los Angeles Police Department attempts to control its vast, heterogeneous territory. As such, the book offers a rare, ground-level look at the relationship between the control of space and the exercise of power. Author Steve Herbert spent eight months observing one patrol division of the LAPD on the job. A compelling story in itself, his fieldwork with the officers in the Wilshire Division affords readers a close view of the complex factors at play in how the police define and control territory, how they make and mark space. Unique in its application of fieldwork and theory to this complex subject, Policing Space should prove valuable to readers in urban and political geography, urban and political sociology, and criminology, as well as those who wonder about the workings of the LAPD.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-191) and index. 1. Territoriality and the Police -- 2. The Setting and the Research -- 3. The Law and Police Territoriality -- 4. The Bureaucratic Ordering of Police Territoriality -- 5. Adventure/Machismo and the Attempted Conquest of Space -- 6. Safety and Police Territoriality -- 7. Competence in Police Territoriality -- 8. The Morality of Police Territoriality -- 9. Making and Marking Space with the LAPD.


  • LCC: HV8148
  • Dewey Decimal: 363.2/09794/94

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: x, 194 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
  • Edition Info: (pbk. : acid-free paper)


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