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The power of community branding: an examination of the impact of imposed categories on policing a 'crime hotspot community'

Watson, Danielle (2016) The power of community branding: an examination of the impact of imposed categories on policing a 'crime hotspot community'. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 11 (1). pp. 51-68. ISSN 1744-7143

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Abstract

The paper is a section of a larger research project examining the manifestations of power in the labels, stigmas and stereotypes imbued in the discourses of police officers and civilians in a suburban, low-income community in northern Trinidad. The larger study scrutinizes the labels used by police and civilian to categorize each other while attempting to negotiate power during their interactions. Within this paper, I examine the formal labels assigned to the community within which the civilian participants for the larger study reside. These formal labels are identified and assessed to determine the extent to which they impact police/ civilian relations at the community level and the extent to which they depict varying dimensions of power. The study employs emergent meaning construction strategies to provide descriptions showing how the lexicon of the authors of these formal labels project power through their contextual, cultural and situational expressions. It relied on an examination of formal labels identified in media data relating specifically to the researched community. It resulted in the identification of 11 formal labels manipulated by their authors to present interpretative and interactive frames which alter and renew meanings operating between police and civilian within the researched community.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Danielle Watson
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2017 12:04
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2017 12:04
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9738
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