The 'process structures' of police homicide investigations

This paper discusses how a fairly standardized sequence of actions performed by police detectives can be understood as a form of social process and seen to be productive of an incident of homicide as a meaningful' event. The particular focus is upon how three key factors - the law as a mode of...

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Published in:The British journal of criminology
Main Author: Innes, Martin
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
Published: 2002
In:The British journal of criminology
Year: 2002, Volume: 42, Issue: 4, Pages: 669-688
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Summary:This paper discusses how a fairly standardized sequence of actions performed by police detectives can be understood as a form of social process and seen to be productive of an incident of homicide as a meaningful' event. The particular focus is upon how three key factors - the law as a mode of rationality; the organizational properties of the police service; and the circumstances surrounding the incident under investigation - shape the actions performed by individual officers, and in doing so constitute a process structure
ISSN:0007-0955
DOI:10.1093/bjc/42.4.669