International Police Cartoons: Indicators of Cultural Consistencies and Variations

Chris Powell, University of Southern Maine

Humor is an important cultural resource in the process of establishing and maintaining conceptions of 'normal' behavior and attitudes within institutions. Much literature has demonstrated the importance which informal occupational culture plays in the delivery of routine everyday policing. By examining cartoons appearing in 'in house' Police magazines from different parts of the world, an attempt will be made to suggest that a sense can be gleaned as to both consistencies and variations in police perceptions and (more speculatively) practices. Cartoons from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, and Normay may be examined.

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Updated 05/20/2006