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NCJ Number: 118603 Find in a Library
Title: Discovering Structure. Studies of the British Police Occupational Culture (From Police Research: Some Future Prospects, P 55-75, 1989, Mollie Weatheritt, ed. -- See NCJ-118600)
Author(s): S Holdaway
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Gower Publishing Co Ltd
Aldershot, Hants GU11 3HR, England
Sale Source: Gower Publishing Co Ltd
Gower House, Croft Road,
Aldershot, Hants GU11 3HR,
United Kingdom
Type: Literature Review
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper reviews the literature on the occupational culture of British policing and charts its intellectual bases in social theory, comparing early bases for police research with those for contemporary police research.
Abstract: Early studies of police occupational culture were based on sociological foundations that analyzed social relationships and their intended and unintended consequences. Key early studies of policing used humanistic, participatory methods and were informed by a concern to develop theory and examine the mundane, daily aspects of police work. This tradition of sociological research is in danger of being subverted by contemporary research that focuses on policy issues. Under current emphases, theoretical questions and the long-term work of consolidating research findings will be second to the primary task of analyzing contemporary policies with a view toward the pragmatic relevance of research results. This change in research emphasis will not only diminish the comprehensiveness and content of police research but will ultimately detract from the development of sound policy and practice. 60 references.
Main Term(s): Police research
Index Term(s): Research uses in policymaking; United Kingdom (UK)
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