Negotiating Labels, Stigmas and Stereotypes: Discussions for the Future of Policing

  • Danielle Watson


Labels, stigmas and stereotypes reflect social constructions with the ability to influence discourses and interactive domains. For both groups authoring discourses about each other, language is the tool used to make sense of interactions while also informing how they relate. This chapter discusses the reality of categorizations, the historical compounding of categories and the conflicting worldviews informing these categorizations. Explanations are presented about how police and community members negotiate interactions after labels, stigmas and stereotypes have been established. Arguments are presented to highlight the factors undermining group interaction once labels, stigmas and stereotypes become ‘truth’. Issues surrounding the need for communicative redress are also presented.


Power Labeling Stigmatizing Stereotyping Group interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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