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Culture as Figurative Action

Clifford D. Shearing and Richard V. Ericson
The British Journal of Sociology
Vol. 42, No. 4 (Dec., 1991), pp. 481-506
DOI: 10.2307/591444
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/591444
Page Count: 26
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Culture as Figurative Action
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Abstract

Police culture is used as the substantive focus for a critique of the conception of culture as a set of rules that generate action, and as a basis for developing an alternative model. Ideas from anthropological and literary theory are used to propose a conception of culture as a figurative resource made available through stories that construct a sensibility out of which action arises.

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