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Invisible MenThe Secret Lives of Police Constables in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, 1900-1939$
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Joanne Klein

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312359

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316104

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Introduction: Invisible Men

Introduction: Invisible Men

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(p.1) Introduction: Invisible Men
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Invisible Men
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316104.001

This book examines the lives of ordinary police constables who were part of the city police forces of Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham in the years between 1900 and 1939. It looks at policing in England among its lowest ranks and the impact of having hundreds of working-class men enforcing the law. It traces the professional lives of constables from the time they joined the police force to their departure, along with their domestic lives. The book discusses the constables' expectations and duties, relationships within the force, and the constables' relationship with the public. It also considers how each constable adapted to life in uniform and how they brought the criminal justice system and working-class culture together in unexpected ways. The book focuses on how English police constables shape law enforcement through their own notions of what policing meant.

Keywords:   Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, police constables, law enforcement, policing, police force, criminal justice system, working-class culture, domestic lives

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