Dogberry, Dixon and the Gene Genie: humour and pathos in policing and its cultural representations
Updated on: 14/06/2012
An Inaugural Lecture by Professor Frank Leishman, Dean of School of Human Sciences.
This lecture examines, in their settings, three well-known fictional policing characters - Shakespeare’s comic constable Dogberry, the archetypal British bobby Dixon of Dock Green, and the no-nonsense, politically incorrect DCI Gene Hunt from BBC’s Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. As significant cultural reference points for particular styles of policing, these representations are used as a means of exploring issues of humour and pathos in the real world of police work and its occupational culture.
Thursday 14th June 2012 at 5.30 p.m.
The Lecture Theatre
Birmingham B32 3NT
Light refreshments will be available following the lecture.
Before joining Newman University, Professor Leishman was an Associate Dean and Professor of Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire. A former recipient of a Cambridge Institute of Criminology Cropwood Fellowship, his publications include the books Core Issues in Policing (2000) and Policing and the Media: facts fictions and factions (2003).
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