publication . Article . 2018

Egon Bittner and the Language Practices of the Police

Meehan, Albert J. (Author);
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  • Published: 31 Oct 2018
  • Publisher: Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
Bittner’s posthumously published 1965 fieldwork, Larimer Tours (Bittner 2013 [1965]), is discussed exploring how criminology has neglected Bittner’s ethnomethodological stance and overlooked his interest in language and conversational practices. Technological records (e.g.,dash-cams, body-worn cameras) afford opportunities to extend Bittner’s seminal work with an ethnomethodological focus on police “competencies-in-action” through the study of recorded police-citizen interaction. Using data from dash-cam traffic stops and field research, this paper elaborates two competencies of the police discussed in Larimer-the use of area knowledge and procedures of interrog...
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