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Calling All CarsRadio Dragnets and the Technology of Policing$
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Kathleen Battles

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816649136

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816649136.001.0001

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The Sound of Intimate Authority

The Sound of Intimate Authority

Professionalism and the Reformation of Police Officers

(p.71) Chapter 2 The Sound of Intimate Authority
Calling All Cars

Kathleen Battles

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter is concerned with the issue of representing police authority mainly through sound, an exposition of the indicative elements of radio responsible for establishing the meaning of policing in radio crime docudramas. It initially presents the police reform discourse and creation of the ideal officer; followed by an examination of the expressive elements of radio speech representing police authority; and finally, it looks at how radio dramas constructed a sort of intimate authority between radio listeners and the police, made possible by the adaptation of crime drama content as suitable to domestic reception.

Keywords:   police authority, radio crime docudramas, broadcast talk, police reform, radio speech

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