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Policing and social media : social control in an era of new media

Schneider, Christopher J., author

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  • Creator by Christopher J. Schneider ; Foreword by Davis L. Altheide
  • Format Books
  • Publication Lanham : Lexington Books, [2016]
  • Physical Details
    • xiv,159 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 1498533736, 9781498533737, 149853371X, 9781498533713
  • OCLC ocn934746426


  • This book investigates various public aspects of the management, use, and control of social media by police agencies in Canada. This book aims to illustrate the process by which new information technology namely, social media and related changes in communication formats have affected the public face of policing and police work. Schneider argues that police use of social media has altered institutional public police practices in a manner that is consistent with the logic of social media platforms. Policing is changing to include new ways of conditioning the public, cultivating self-promotion, and expanding social control. While each case study presented here focuses on a different social media platform or format, his concern is less with the particular format per se, as these will undoubtedly change, and more with developing suitable analytical and methodological approaches to understanding contemporary policing practices on social media sites."


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-151) and index.


  • Introduction: media logic, policing, and social media -- Media formats and police social control practices -- Crime and society 2.0: police and social networking -- Facebook and the 2011 Vancouver riot -- Police presentational strategies on Twitter -- Police caught on camera: framing the death of Sammy Yatim -- Conclusion: policing on social media