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Gender and Policing: Narratives of Crisis, Change and Continuity

Silvestri, M. (2016) Gender and Policing: Narratives of Crisis, Change and Continuity. In: Nogala, D. and Neidhardt, K. and Görgen, Th. and Kersten, J. and Fiquet, J.-M. and Meško, G., eds. European Police Science and Research Bulletin. Policing civil societies in times of economic constraints: Contributions to the 2013 CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference. . pp. 143-153. CEPOL (KAR id:65681)

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The recruitment of a more diverse police workforce has been central to police reform agendas across time and place. Police organisations throughout the world have been subject to a number of high-profile and damning reports that have emphasised the damaging effects of a lack of diversity. Such damaging effects have been repeatedly cited in relation to both external interactions between police and citisens, and to the internal interactions between police officers themselves. This paper considers more specifically the issue of gender representation within policing. It reflects on the histories that have shaped women’s entry, progression and participation in policing over the past century and considers some of the contemporary challenges faced by police organisations in maintaining and improving women’s representation within a climate of economic constraint. Histories of policing have consistently demonstrated that bringing about change to the organisation is a difficult and often protracted process. Indeed much research has pointed to the long tradition of police resistance to organisational change initiatives. Through reflecting on the past and present, it engages with narratives of ‘crisis’ ‘change’ and ‘continuity’ in thinking about the future of gender and policing.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
Uncontrolled keywords: Gender; Policewomen; Diversity; Cult of Masculinity; Police leadership
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Criminology
Depositing User: Lucie Patch
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2018 14:02 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 11:00 UTC
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