Political conflict, policing and the challenges of masculinity: The experiences of women officers in the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC

SOUTHERN, Neil (2017). Political conflict, policing and the challenges of masculinity: The experiences of women officers in the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC. Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. (In Press)

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Abstract

Policing is regarded as a masculine occupation. Traditionally women officers performed gendered duties, mostly working with women and children whilst men did ‘real’ police work. Policewomen’s roles have broadened considerably, despite being met with patterns of male officer resistance. This article explores the experiences of women officers who served in the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC during the Northern Ireland conflict. It examines three themes: first, women officers’ views on the suitability of females for police work; second, the idea that women officers possess attributes particularly well suited to certain policing roles; finally, officers’ experiences of working in a masculine environment.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Departments: Development and Society > Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Identification Number: 10.1177/0032258X16687165
Depositing User: Neil Southern
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 13:15
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 13:15
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15627

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