Laurie Taylor hears about a new science of networks stemming from the famous 1960s theory: Six Degrees of Separation.
The original idea was that all of us are connected to one another through a short chain of intermediaries.
Duncan Watts, a sociologist from Columbia University is currently testing the thesis on the internet but he hasn’t embarked on his Small World Research Project just for the fun of it. If we really are this inter-connected, then the business of living may be achieved through collective behaviour and to an extent previously undreamed of. Understanding the global reach and influence of social networks is the name of the game in Six Degrees: The Science of A Connected Age, Duncan Watt's account of the story so far.
Laurie Taylor examines the powerful legend of the English Bobby, past, present and future.
Again and again polls show that many of us want to see more policemen back on the beat but a new book, Policing and the Condition of England – Memories, Politics and Culture, based on unique oral histories, challenges the popular belief that policing has fallen into decline since the heady days of Dixon of Dock Green in the 1950s.
Ian Loader, Reader in Criminology at the University of Keele, explains how the rise of collective memory continues to have an influence on politicians and the police down to the present day.
Small World Research Project
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
ISBN 0 434 00908 3
Stanley Milgram, social psychologist, who carried out the first experiments which led to the Six Degrees of Separation idea.
Policing and the Condition of England – Memories, Politics and Culture
by Ian Loader and Aogan Mulcahy
Crime and Social Change in Middle England : Questions of order in an English Town
Evi Girling, Ian Loader, Richard Sparks
Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Ltd
Youth Policing and Democracy
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