The revival of police ethnography 1: taking the road less travelled

Jenny Fleming, Sarah Charman

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This chapter looks briefly at the early police ethnographies and how this impressive assemblage of work reframed the way academia understood police and policing. The chapter identifies and tracks the ‘gap’ between early policing ethnographers and the resurgence of such work in the last two decades. It considers the importance of ethnography and why it matters. The chapter notes the topical, disciplinary, and geographical expansion of ethnography studies in the past two decades and considers the rejuvenation of this method in police studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge International Handbook of Police Ethnography
EditorsJenny Fleming, Sarah Charman
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781000812916, 9781003083795
ISBN (Print)9780367539399
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks

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