In my 2017 ESC presidential address in Cardiff, I explored the representation of police and police work in contemporary European novels, and compared and contrasted how police and policing are dealt with in popular fiction and in the relevant scholarly literature. I selected unusually literate works that provide looks into policing in diverse countries and cultures, in which the main characters are middle-aged male policemen who share some characteristics: cynical but idealistic, empathetic rather than taciturn, restrained not aggressive, resistant to authority but dedicated to their mission. My main arguments are that contemporary fiction depicts police work with a greater verisimilitude than in the past and in ways that parallel scholarly work on police culture. Police scholars’ assumptions about differences between real police work and fictional accounts are challenged, particularly when we look at how police do their work and live their lives rather than at the types of crime they deal with. These characterizations of European police work and culture may particularly address and appeal to a specific sector of readers, a liberal and progressive public, and interrogate whether and how this kind of representation relates to contemporary theoretical models of procedural justice. Distinctively European models of police and policing emerge, despite some national peculiarities.

Selmini, R. (2020). Exploring cultural criminology: The police world in fiction. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, 17(5), 501-517 [10.1177/1477370820939362].

Exploring cultural criminology: The police world in fiction

Selmini, Rossella
2020

Abstract

In my 2017 ESC presidential address in Cardiff, I explored the representation of police and police work in contemporary European novels, and compared and contrasted how police and policing are dealt with in popular fiction and in the relevant scholarly literature. I selected unusually literate works that provide looks into policing in diverse countries and cultures, in which the main characters are middle-aged male policemen who share some characteristics: cynical but idealistic, empathetic rather than taciturn, restrained not aggressive, resistant to authority but dedicated to their mission. My main arguments are that contemporary fiction depicts police work with a greater verisimilitude than in the past and in ways that parallel scholarly work on police culture. Police scholars’ assumptions about differences between real police work and fictional accounts are challenged, particularly when we look at how police do their work and live their lives rather than at the types of crime they deal with. These characterizations of European police work and culture may particularly address and appeal to a specific sector of readers, a liberal and progressive public, and interrogate whether and how this kind of representation relates to contemporary theoretical models of procedural justice. Distinctively European models of police and policing emerge, despite some national peculiarities.
2020
Selmini, R. (2020). Exploring cultural criminology: The police world in fiction. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, 17(5), 501-517 [10.1177/1477370820939362].
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