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In Thrall to Political ChangePolice and Gendarmerie in France$
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Malcolm Anderson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199693641.001.0001

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Introduction: Appearances, Beliefs, and Myths

Introduction: Appearances, Beliefs, and Myths

(p.17) Introduction: Appearances, Beliefs, and Myths
In Thrall to Political Change

Malcolm Anderson

Oxford University Press

This introduction discusses the myths about the police and gendarmerie of France. It describes the purpose of mythology as applied to French police and policing, with emphasis on images that sometimes contain contradictory elements. It also considers how myths of the police in nineteenth-century France were produced and reproduced in popular history, theatre, songs, cartoons, and fiction, and how their form and content are influenced by changing technologies of communication. Finally, it explains how myths protect and promote the French police and gendarmerie.

Keywords:   myths, police, gendarmerie, mythology, policing, images, communication, France

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