Obstacles for Changes within the (Swedish) Police Force: Professional Motivations, Homosociality and Ordering Practices
2013 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, Vol. 14, no 1, 43-61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article discusses how professional motivations and homosociality within the Swedish police (training programme) becomes an obstacle to both a changed police norm and diversity within the police force. This issue is discussed on the basis of two studies; one focused on the professional motivations of police students; the other focused on the issue of norms and normation within the police training programme. The norm regarding how a police officer is ought to be is viewed as a manifestation of ordering practices as a form of continuous, ongoing normation processes that emphasises practical, physically demanding and violent working conditions focused on combating crime. This produces powerful conceptions of the types of body that are suitable for the profession, a normative (male) body. A body that effects those bodies that are assumed to contribute to diversity in a police force dominated of white, Swedish, heterosexual males. This together moulds a culture founded on the conceptions of physically demanding and action-focused work that promote a muscle culture that emphasis the work as practical, rather than moving towards an intellectual and reflective approach to police work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 14, no 1, 43-61 p.
Body culture, Diversity discourse, Gender theory, Homosociality, Masculinity, Ordering practice, Police culture, Police training
Research subject Criminology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98478DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2013.773691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-98478DiVA: diva2:684035