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Bethan Loftus

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560905.001.0001

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The Continuing Significance of Class

The Continuing Significance of Class

(p.159) 6 The Continuing Significance of Class
Police Culture in a Changing World

Bethan Loftus

Oxford University Press

This chapter exposes a contradiction which emerged between the police organizational emphasis on diversity and axes of class. It specifically questions the current dominance of diversity within policing agendas by illustrating that issues of class remain crucial in understanding policing discourses and practices. It begins by appealing for a rethinking of police culture which recognizes how class continues to permeate cultural knowledge and everyday practices. It focuses on the importance of class in a ‘low’ policing context; that is, class as it was policed in the routine and mundane dimensions of police work. It is noted that notions of diversity promote a better public image of police organizations, but they can obscure the enduring realities of routine policing.

Keywords:   police organization, class, diversity, policing, police culture

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