Sex on the desk, coke in the toilet, bribery and corruption on the streets. An investigation of Spiral as a representation of contemporary policing

Cummins, ID ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7814-3835 and King, MS 2015, Sex on the desk, coke in the toilet, bribery and corruption on the streets. An investigation of Spiral as a representation of contemporary policing , in: International Conference on Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), 25th-26th November 2015, Paris, France.

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Abstract

Policing is widely recognised as one of the most stressful occupations. Numerous studies have explored the ways in which stress impacts on the personal and professional lives of officers. Using this literature as context, the paper explores the way in which representations of policing in film and TV have changed to reflect this issue, to the point where the predominant mode of representation is the dysfunctional officer broken by the job, while retaining key elements of traditional cop culture. In recent years UK audiences have embraced the dystopian pleasures of Nordic and Euro Noir. Many of these texts are characterized by a blurring of boundaries between police officers and those they seek to bring to justice, close relationships between police officers and criminal entrepreneurs and bribery and corruption at work in the legal system. There is a darkness at work here, both in terms of themes explored and the dysfunctional lives of the main players. Using the research approach of bricolage, the paper will examine the contemporary French police drama Spiral, set in both the splendor and squalor of Paris, as an illustration of the shift in representations of policing and consider the reasons for and impact of this shif

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the International Conference on Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS-2015)
Depositing User: ID Cummins
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2021 08:51
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61554

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