Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture

Policing, Mental Illness and Media

The Framing of Mental Health Crisis Encounters and Police Use of Force

Authors: Clifford, Katrina

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  • Examines the complexities of the relationship between policing and mental health
  • Explores the conditions for the production of news media coverage
  • Appeals to students, scholars, and practitioners in journalism, media studies, policing, criminology, sociology, and mental health
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This book examines the complexities of the relationship between policing and mental health – in Australia especially – including the circumstances that lead to police use of force, and the ways in which news media typically report deaths resulting from police contact with people in mental health crisis. When a vulnerable member of society is killed by the police, it is only natural that questions are asked about the behaviour and actions of those involved. Police are, after all, meant to be the ‘protectors of society’. By virtue of these circumstances, fatal encounters between police and mentally ill individuals in crisis often attract heightened media and legal attention, as well as public debate. Drawing together research interviews and extensive case study analysis, the book explores the conditions for the production of this news media coverage, the ways in which it can shape public perceptions of police-involved mental health crisis interventions, and the potential impacts on those involved in and affected by such events. The implications for police agencies are also considered in the context of how they respond to vulnerable people in the community, while being in the media spotlight. This book will appeal to students, scholars and practitioners in journalism, media studies, policing, criminology, sociology, and mental health as well as those interested in learning about the relationship between policing, mental illness, and media representation.

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Dr. Katrina Clifford is Senior Lecturer in Communication at Deakin University, Australia. She has also worked as a journalist, magazine editor and strategic communications consultant. Her previous publications include Media and Crime: Content, Context and Consequence (co-authored with Rob White, OUP 2017).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Policing, Mental Illness and Media
Book Subtitle
The Framing of Mental Health Crisis Encounters and Police Use of Force
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-61490-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-61490-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-61489-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 347
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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