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Book Review Black In Blue A Study of the Negro Policeman by Nicholas Alex Appleton-Century-Crofts Copyright 1969 210 pages Intro Criminal Justice December 2 1996 Nicholas Alex assistant professor of sociology at The City University of New York holds a PhD from the New School for Social Research and a BS from the Wharton School He was formerly a research assistant with the Russell Sage Foundation an instructor at Adelphi University and has had working experience in his academic specialty-the sociology of professions and occupations-while an industrial engineer in the aircraft industry later as business manager of the Walden School This is his first book In this book Alex made an effort to examine the peculiar problems of Negro policemen who live in an age which has not yet resolved to problem of inequality in an assertedly democratic society He drawn heavily on the reflections of forty-one Negro policemen who made plain to me the difficulties involved in being black in blue Alex was concerned with the ways in which the men were recruited into the police the nature of their relations in regard to their immediate clientele their counterparts and the rest of society In the broadest terms the book examines the special problems that Negro policemen face in their efforts to reconcile their race with their work in the present framework of American values and beliefs The research for the study was based on intensive interviews collected over a period of eleven months from December 1964 to October 1965 During that time the author talked with Negro police engaged in different types of police specialties and men of different rank and backgrounds Alex was interested in preserving their anonymity and substituted code numbers for names The language in which their thoughts were expressed is unchanged Most of the interviews were obtained either at the policemans home or
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