Policing and the Poetics of Everyday Life takes a unique approach to several abiding issues in crimilogy and sociology from the standpoint of philosophy and aesthetics. This study by a self-described \u201cphilosopher-cop\u201d develops a phemelogical interpretation of police-citizen encounters, revealing the importance of metaphysics in everyday life through a disclosure of the grounding principles that inform the bureaucratic approach to human predicaments. Jonathan M. Wender, a social philosopher and veteran police sergeant, draws on Martin Heidegger to argue that \u201cpraxis is poetry,\u201d interpreting all social action as intentional creation (or \u201cpoiesis\u201d) that is intrinsically meaningful. Using an interpretive framework that he calls a \u201cphemelogical aesthetics of encounter,\u201d Wender takes up a number of case studies of police-citizen encounters, including cases of domestic violence, contacts with juveniles, drug-related situations, instances of mental and emotional crisis, and death.
Jonathan M. Wender, a former police officer and sergeant of fifteen years, is a lecturer in the department of sociology and the Law, Societies, and Justice Program at the University of Washington.