The Cop and the Sociologist

Investigating Diversity in German Police Forces

Drawing on the sociology of Max Weber, Barbara Thériault investigates today's relations toward difference within German police forces. Accompanying and interviewing police officers whose job it is to contribute to the acknowledgement of difference, the sociologist outlines three ideal types of actors – an empathetic, a principled, and an opportunist one – and the motives underlying their actions. A fourth type, the specialist, is conspicuously absent. Why is that so? Solving this enigma helps depicting the relations to difference within police forces: it points to a specific »spirit« of diversity and a singular way to apprehend the individual in Germany.

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29 May 2013, 222 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-2310-9

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Author(s)
Barbara Thériault
Book title
The Cop and the Sociologist Investigating Diversity in German Police Forces
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
222
Features
kart., Klebebindung, 6 SW-Abbildungen
ISBN
978-3-8376-2310-9
DOI
10.14361/transcript.9783839423103
Commodity Group
1729
BIC-Code
JFC JHMC
BISAC-Code
SOC022000 SOC002010
THEMA-Code
JBCC JHMC
Release date
29 May 2013
Edition
1
Topics
Kultur
Readership
Sociology, Anthropology, German Studies, Police Studies
Keywords/Tags
Diversity, Police, Germany, Max Weber, Sociology, Culture, Sociology of Culture, Cultural Anthropology

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