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Police StoriesBuilding the French State, 1815-1851$
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John Merriman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195072532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072532.001.0001

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(p.37) 2 Careers
Police Stories

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This chapter considers the careers of policemen, how they were hired, and who they were. To be a policeman offered lower-middle-class status by virtue of salary and a modicum of respect. The discussion presents the social origins of policemen and the role of patronage and politics in their appointment. The question of pensions, or rather in most cases the lack of them, is discussed, along with existing possibilities of career advancement.

Keywords:   career, status, social origins, patronage, politics, pensions, career advancement

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