eCite Digital Repository

Police violence occasioning citizen complaint - An empirical analysis of time-space dynamics

Citation

Phillips, T and Smith, P, Police violence occasioning citizen complaint - An empirical analysis of time-space dynamics, British Journal of Criminology, 40, (3) pp. 480-496. ISSN 0007-0955 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1093/bjc/40.3.480

Abstract

Violent, but non-lethal, encounters between police and civilians are an important yet neglected social problem. Even more neglected are the spatial and temporal dynamics of these events. The paper draws on Giddens's structuration theory to operationalize these variables and test their explanatory power. A multivariate analysis of data derived from citizen complaints files shows that time-space variables are important predictors of the use of major physical force by police against civilians. An explanation for this result is developed using Giddens's concept of practical consciousness. The findings of the paper suggest a need to redirect criminological and policing research towards the exploration of time-space environments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Law Enforcement
Author:Phillips, T (Dr Timothy Phillips)
ID Code:26743
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2004-12-17
Last Modified:2011-09-27
Downloads:0

Repository Staff Only: item control page