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ERIC Number: ED114551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May-4
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Professions, the Police, and the Future.
Welty, Gordon
In presenting a forecast of the emergence of the police profession using a sociological approach based on societal processes and relations, both the discussion of professionalization of the police in the bourgeois literature and a more general discussion of the professions by Talcott Parsons, taken as the foremost structural-functional theorist of the professions, are considered. An inherent contradiction was found in the characterization of professional police in these terms, and a reconsideration of the professions and the police is necessary. The concept of reproductive activity is suggested which is substantively understood as the process of reproducing the social order, especially the working class. This activity is the activity of the professional and of the police. The exercise of control over this activity renders the professionalization of the police impossible. (Author/EC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the National Endowment for the Humanities Symposium on the Humanities and the Police (Washington, D.C., May 4, 1974)