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Policing Under Fire
Ethnic Conflict and Police-Community Relations in Northern Ireland
Policing Under Fire
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Ronald Weitzer - Author
SUNY series in New Directions in Crime and Justice Studies
Price: $56.50 
Hardcover - 350 pages
Release Date: December 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-2247-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2247-2

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Paperback - 350 pages
Release Date: December 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-2248-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-2248-9

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This is a study of the conditions present in an ethnically divided society that affect police-community relations.

This book examines police-community relations in an ethnically divided society, focusing on the attitudes and experiences of the Catholic minority and the Protestant majority, and the lower-class and middle-class sections of those populations. These groups attach great importance to, but are often polarized over, issues of police accountability, the handling of complaints against the police, the legitimacy and professionalism of the police force (the Royal Ulster Constabulary), use of deadly force, and the various forms of counterinsurgency policing which is preeminent in Northern Ireland.

The study specifies the conditions under which an ethnic group's relations with the police are likely to deteriorate or improve. Comparisons to other societies make this more than a case study of Northern Ireland. It is a major contribution to the literature on policing and ethnic conflict.

"The author is working in an important area: the relationships among politics, the state, and policing, especially when explicit state interests and politics are involved. He comments very accurately on the shabby and ill-conceived ideology of community policing, and he brings data to bear in an illuminating fashion on the meaning of 'community' and the practices of 'community policing.'" -- Peter K. Manning, Michigan State University

Ronald Weitzer is Associate Professor of Sociology at George Washington University.


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Table of Contents

Tables
Abbreviations
Map of Northern Ireland
Acknowledgments

1. Policing Ethnically Divided Societies

Part 1: From Protestant to British Rule

2. Protestant Policing: 1922-1968

3. Reforming the RUC

Part 2: Core Problems in Police-Community Relations

4. Police Legitimacy and Professionalism

5. Dual Policing: Fighting Crime and Insurgency

6. Police Accountability

Part 3: Improving Police-Community Relations

7. Community Policing in the Shadows

8. Conclusion

Endnotes
Appendix: Community Interviewees
Index



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