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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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Replaying the Classics

Replaying the Classics

(p.3) 1 Replaying the Classics
Police Culture in a Changing World

Bethan Loftus

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers an account of the principal theoretical perspectives on police culture. It starts by elucidating why it is important to assess police culture, before reviewing a number of the classic ethnographies that continue to exert considerable influence over this area of study. Then, it describes the works which have subsequently followed and prepares a thematic discussion of the central characteristics of police culture. Towards the end of the chapter, it examines the recent challenges to its conceptualization, before going on to discuss the issues associated with police change. Furthermore, it supplies a platform on which to consider the relevance of the renowned features of orthodox accounts of police culture for the altered context of policing. Data show that critiques imply that police culture may be losing its expediency as a concept.

Keywords:   police culture, classic ethnography, conceptualization, police change, policing

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