Connecting work to workers’ social past : a dispositional analysis of police work

Pichonnaz, David (School of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, HES-SO Valais-Wallis)

This article explores the impact of experiences police officers went through before they joined the Force on how they see and perform their job. I propose a new approach to police culture and practices based on a Bourdieu-inspired model of analysis, which includes its subsequent development by Lahire’s ‘dispositional analysis’. The model looks at how dispositions interiorized—particularly through the experience of social mobility and gender socialization—have a great impact on how police officers see and perform their job. The results suggest that divisions within police culture, long acknowledged by criminologists and sociologists, can be explained by the prior socialization of police officers.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Travail social
Branch:
Travail social
School:
HETS-VS
Institute:
Institut Travail Social
Subject(s):
Travail social
Date:
2021-01
Published in:
The British Journal of Criminology
Numeration (vol. no.):
2021, Volume 61, Issue 1, Pages 123–142
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