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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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The New Social Field of Policing

The New Social Field of Policing

(p.21) 2 The New Social Field of Policing
Police Culture in a Changing World

Bethan Loftus

Oxford University Press

This chapter determines the defining developments that have occurred in the British policing landscape. It draws upon three broad axes of change to specify the new social field of British policing: the legal context of policing; the greater political recognition of minority groups; and the burgeoning economic exclusion of late modernity. It also illustrates that the new societal configuration raises seminal questions for the cultural expressions of the police and the policing of social groups. It is also essential to provide an outline of the research context and explain the methodology that is employed in revisiting the occupational value systems and practices of the police.

Keywords:   social field, British policing, political recognition, police, social groups

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