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Police - Streetcorner Politicians (Paperback, New edition): William Ker Muir Police - Streetcorner Politicians (Paperback, New edition)
William Ker Muir
R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book . . . examines the problem of police corruption . . . in such a way that the stereotype of the crude, greedy cop who is basically a grown-up delinquent, if not an out-and-out robber, yields to portraits of particular men, often of earnest good will and even more than ordinary compassion, contending with an enormously demanding and challenging job.--Robert Coles, New Yorker
Other social scientists have observed policemen on patrol, or have interviewed them systematically. Professor Muir has brought the two together, and, because of the philosophical depth he brings to his commentaries, he has lifted the sociology of the police on to a new level. He has both observed the men and talked with them at length about their personal lives, their conceptions of society and of the place of criminals within it. His ambition is to define the good policeman and to explain his development, but his achievement is to illuminate the philosophical and occupational maturation of patrol officers in 'Laconia' (a pseudonym) . . . . His discussions of the policemen's] moral development are threaded through with analytically suggestive formulations that bespeak a wisdom very rarely encountered in reports of sociological research.--Michael Banton, Times Literary Supplement

Freedom in America (Paperback, Revised): William Ker Muir Freedom in America (Paperback, Revised)
William Ker Muir
R948 Discovery Miles 9 480 Out of stock

If you want students to really understand the concept of power, moving beyond a survey book's quick discussion of Laswell's "who gets what and how," Muir's thoughtful Freedom in America might be the book for you. Exploring the words and ideas of such thinkers as Madison, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Tocqueville, Muir discusses the nature and limits of three types of power-coercive, reciprocal, and moral-and then uses this framework to explain how American political institutions work. If looking for an alternative to a long survey text-or itching to get students grappling with The Federalist Papers or Democracy in America with more of a payoff-Muir's meditation on power and personal freedom is a gateway for students to take their study of politics to the next level. His inductive style, engaging students with well-chosen and masterfully written stories, lets him draw out and distill key lessons without being preachy. Read a chapter and decide if this page turner is for you.

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