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Police Culture in a Changing World$
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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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Ethnography with the Police

Ethnography with the Police

(p.201) 8 Ethnography with the Police
Police Culture in a Changing World

Bethan Loftus

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a reflexive discussion about the ethnographic experience with Northshire police officers. It is explained that while all individual officers would have strict anonymity, to omit a disclosure from any final conclusions would be to overlook a central part of the research framework; namely to examine officers' feelings towards greater social diversity in the internal and external policing environment. The gender of the author may have presented initial problems with accessing the covert aspects of police life, but being a young female researcher in a male-dominated environment had its advantages. It also describes the recording and interpretation of the field.

Keywords:   Northshire, police officers, ethnography, social diversity, policing, gender

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