Watching the Cops: Essays on Police and Policing in 21st Century Film and Television

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Harmes, Marcus K., Harmes, Barbara and Harmes, Meredith A. (ed.) 2023. Watching the Cops: Essays on Police and Policing in 21st Century Film and Television . United States. McFarland & Company, Inc..
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Watching the Cops: Essays on Police and Policing in 21st Century Film and Television

Book CategoryEdited book
ERA Publisher ID8273
EditorsHarmes, Marcus K., Harmes, Barbara and Harmes, Meredith A.
Page Range1-296
Number of Pages296
Year2023
PublisherMcFarland & Company, Inc.
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISBN9781476689340
9781476649733
Web Address (URL)https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/watching-the-cops/
Abstract

Globally, police officers are the object of unprecedented visual scrutiny. The use of mobile phones, CCTV and personal body cams means that police are not only being filmed on the job but are also filming themselves. In popular culture, police have featured heavily on the big screen since the era of silent shorts and on television since the 1930s. Their fictional portrayals today take on added significance in light of social unrest surrounding cases of police brutality and discrimination.
These essays explore 21st century portrayals of police on film and television. Chapters often emphasize the Black Lives Matter movement and consider the tone, quality, appropriateness and intention of film and television featuring police activity. Extensively covered works include Mindhunter, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cops, Criminal Minds and RoboCop, and among the major topics addressed are policing communities, hunting serial killers, police animals, and police in historic settings ranging from the 19th century through the present day and into science fiction futures.

Keywordspolide; policing; film; television; popular culture
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470107. Media studies
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