Policing's New Visibility

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    This paper applies the concept of 'new visibility' (Thompson 2005) to recent developments around policing, particularly the prevalence of mobile phone cameras in the wider community and the capacity via video-sharing platforms such as YouTube, and social networking sites like Facebook, to share images of apparent police misconduct with mass audiences and to mobilize groups into taking action of some kind. Two case studies, the Ian Tomlinson case in London in April 2009 and the Robert Dziekanski case in Vancouver in October 2007, are used to illustrate the unprecedented power of this new capability and the challenges that it poses for police image management. The implications for police legitimacy and accountability of these developments are explored. The Author 2010. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD). All rights reserved.2010

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)914-934
    Number of pages21
    JournalThe British Journal of Criminology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


    • accountability
    • facebook
    • legitimacy
    • new visibility
    • youTube


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