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NCJ Number: 204403 Find in a Library
Title: Women in Charge: Policing, Gender and Leadership
Author(s): Marisa Silvestri
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 223
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Publication Number: ISBN 1-84392-046-8
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Drawing on in-depth interviews with senior policewomen across a range of police forces in England and Wales, this book provides a detailed study of women in police leadership, with attention to their development of new styles and concepts of police leadership.
Abstract: Following an introductory chapter, chapter 2 provides an overview of the ongoing theoretical debates about the study of gender and organizations, with a focus on the work of Acker (1990, 1992). The chapter emphasizes the way in which gender is socially constructed and institutionalized within the police organization. Chapter 3 contributes to debates about organizational change in policing by considering the concept of "change" through an analysis of the gendered effects of change through the doctrines of "quality" and "equality." In addressing senior policewomen's experiences of organizational life, chapter 4 examines the "making" of police leaders and the processes involved in achieving a leadership position. Chapter 5 explores the ongoing processes of performing police leadership, based on an investigation of how women in police leadership positions view themselves both as women and as organizational members. In examining some of the resources that exist in the police organization to promote women to leadership positions, chapter 6 considers the extent to which senior policewomen are actively working to make gender and equality issues visible and central to police organizational agendas. A central argument of the book is that women in police leadership positions are promoting a different kind of police leadership that uses more consultative and holistic styles in contrast to traditional autocratic styles of police management. 588 references
Main Term(s): Police management
Index Term(s): England; Foreign police; Leadership; Police personnel promotion; Police women; Wales
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