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Police Culture in a Changing World

Bethan Loftus


This title offers an ethnographical investigation of contemporary police culture based on fieldwork across a range of ranks and units in the UK police force. By drawing on over 600 hours of direct observation of operational policing in urban and rural areas and interviews with over 60 officers, the author assesses what impact three decades of social, economic, and political change have had on police culture. The book offers understandings of the policing of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and the ways in which reform initiatives are accommodated and resisted within the police force. The auth ... More

Keywords: police culture, operational policing, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, police reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199560905
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560905.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bethan Loftus, author
Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford