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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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Classic Themes, Altered Times

Classic Themes, Altered Times

(p.85) 4 Classic Themes, Altered Times
Police Culture in a Changing World

Bethan Loftus

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers how many of the classic themes have survived the period of transition. In particular, it leaves aside seminal questions of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality and examines the contemporary relevance of other classic themes of police culture for the altered context of policing. The interactions and cultural characteristics analysed in this chapter occur within distinct geographical and social contexts. Then the stage of these two policing environments is set. The dominance of a masculine ethos within the occupational culture is illustrated. The discourses and interactions described and analysed reveal the powerful endurance of cultural characteristics noted by earlier works.

Keywords:   classic themes, police culture, policing, occupational culture, masculine ethos

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