Laurie Taylor is joined by Martin Innes, lecturer in sociology at the University of Surrey, who has spent three years observing murder investigations at first hand and the result is a new book Investigating Murder - Detective Work and the Police Response to Criminal Homicide.
Martin got permission to follow one police force in the South-east of England as it worked its way through a number of contrasting cases. Interested in the social processes involved, Martin explored the different ways the police make sense of the nature of the crime they are investigating by creating stories around them, stories which mirror different murder archetypes and are astonishingly detailed even when it was apparently obvious who-dunit.
CITIES OF CULTURE
Can Culture save us? In 2008 Liverpool will be the first British city since Glasgow to hold the title of European Capital of Culture. Hopes ride high on the perception, popular amongst local authorities up and down the land, that like Glasgow before it, cleaning up its best buildings, creating some exciting spaces and putting together an arts programme will result in successful urban revival on Merseyside.
Meanwhile critics of the concept of culture-led regeneration continue to denounce it as froth on a cappuccino, insubstantial and incapable of making a real impact on the lives of local people.
Laurie Taylor talks to Anna Minton, journalist and writer and Beatriz Garcia, Research Fellow in Centre for Cultural Policy at Glasgow University who have been investigating the roots of Britain’s strong emotional attachment to a concept which offers interesting possibilities but is underpinned by little in the way of substantive research.
Investigating Murder – Detective Work and the Police Response to Criminal Homicide
Oxford University Press
The process structures of police homicide investigations
British Journal of Criminology (42/4) pp. 669-88.
Organizational communication and the symbolic construction of police murder investigations
The British Journal of Sociology. (53/1) pp. 67-87
Crimewatching: homicide investigations in the age of information
Criminal Justice Matters. (43) pp.42-3
The media as an investigative resource in murder enquiries
The British Journal of Criminology (39/2) pp. 268 – 286
Professor Paul Hirst, academic, born May 20 1946 - died June 17 2003
Globalisation in Question: the international economy and the possibilities of Governance
Paul Hirst and Grahame Thompson
Polity Press ISBN 0745621643
War and Power in the 21st Century: The State, Military Conflict and the International System
Polity Press ISBN 0745625215
Cities of Culture:
European Capital of Culture: history of its creation and role in bringing Europeans closer together
(European Commission website)
The European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom:
Background Briefings designed to explain important aspects of the European Union and its policies. This short summary contain links to more detailed texts, other websites or other sources of information
Capital of Culture 2008
Centre for Cultural Policy Research
Anna Minton’s report on Culture-led Regeneration will be published DEMOS/RICS later this year
Balanced Communities for RICS
Earlier Anna Minton Report
Creative Cities Forum held at Demos earlier this year
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