Patriarchy, gender, infantilisation: a cultural account of police intelligence work in Scotland

Atkinson, C. (2017) Patriarchy, gender, infantilisation: a cultural account of police intelligence work in Scotland. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 50(2), pp. 234-251. (doi:10.1177/0004865815626964)

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Abstract

Drawing upon qualitative research undertaken in Scotland, this paper provides new insights into police culture by exploring the interactions between sworn police officers and civilian intelligence analysts engaged in intelligence work. The claim is made that by exploring the cultural impact of intelligence analysis, it is possible to identify patriarchal dispositions within police culture and the emergence of a gender order in policing that subordinates femininity, youth and other masculinities that run counter to police culture's form of hegemonic masculinity. This gender order is interwoven with processes of infantilisation that inhibit the integration of intelligence analysts into police intelligence work. This article concludes by discussing the prospects for cultural change in policing from the inter-related perspectives of both social theory and professional practice.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Atkinson, Dr Colin
Authors: Atkinson, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:0004-8658
ISSN (Online):1837-9273
Published Online:14 January 2016

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