Stigmatizing and Stereotyping the Police: Communicative Realities for the Policed

  • Danielle Watson


For the policed, stigmas and stereotypes are used to describe, inform or interpret interactions with the police. Stigmas and stereotypes are employed in the service of providing interactive framework that suggest the author or user’s stance and provide a context for justifying the communicative realities evidenced in discourses produced in the service of an individual or a group making sense of their reality of otherness. In this chapter, stigmas and stereotypes evidenced in the discourses of the policed are explained and a further discussion of their impact on communication between the community and the police is presented. Much like police stigmas and stereotypes, those identified in the discourses of the policed are thematically grouped.


Stigmatizing Stereotyping Community perceptions Othering 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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