Language and Demeanor in Police-Citizen Encounters offers an alternative explanation of police behavior that provides a significant departure from past and current studies of the police. This book is based on the analysis of talk that occurs between police officers and citizens during routine calls for service that the police receive and initiate. Author Philip Chong Ho Shon uses transcripts from actual conversations between the police and the public to demonstrate the tenuous link between peace and social disorder. Language and Demeanor in Police-Citizen Encounters provides a practical and situated glimpse at the way police officers verbally exercise their coercive power during routinely occurring interactions with the public.
Phillip Chong Ho Shon is Assistant Professor of Criminology at Indiana State University. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, a Master's Degree in linguistics, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice.
Chapter 1 FOREWORD Chapter 2 PREFACE Chapter 3 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Chapter 4 INTRODUCTION Chapter 5 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE TECHNOLOGY OF TALK Chapter 6 2. DATA AND METHODOLOGY Chapter 7 3. TELEVISION AND TALK IN COPS Chapter 8 4. POLICE TALK: CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE PUBLIC Chapter 9 5. "WHAT I LOOK LIKE FIGHTIN' HIM?": WHAT DOMESTIC DISPUTANTS TELL THE POLICE Chapter 10 6. CONCLUSION: COERCION, RHETORIC, AND LANGUAGE IN A TIME OF CHANGE Chapter 11 REFERENCES Chapter 12 INDEX