Police Typecasting and the Power Dichotomy

  • Danielle Watson


Police labels are used to present the landscape to connect community residents to particular characteristics which categorize them neutrally or negatively, thus informing stereotypes and stigmas. The discourses within which stigmas and stereotypes are framed provide descriptions showing how the lexicon of the authors project power through their contextual, social, cultural and situational language expressions. This chapter identifies, describes and interprets stigmas and stereotypes manifested in police discourses. Police stigmas and stereotypes about the policed are thematically discussed to show how they work in the (dis)service of communication between the police and the policed.


Stigmatizing Stereotyping Power dichotomy 


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  • Danielle Watson
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  1. 1.University of the South PacificSuvaFiji

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