Dry your eyes princess : an analysis of gender and 'other' based discources in police organisations

Ryan, Cheryl 2006, Dry your eyes princess : an analysis of gender and 'other' based discources in police organisations, in AARE 2006 : Conference papers, abstracts and symposia, Australian Association for Research in Education, Coldstream, Vic., pp. 1-14.

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Title Dry your eyes princess : an analysis of gender and 'other' based discources in police organisations
Author(s) Ryan, Cheryl
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2006 : Adelaide, S.Aust.)
Conference location Adelaide, South Australia
Conference dates 26 - 30 November 2006
Title of proceedings AARE 2006 : Conference papers, abstracts and symposia
Publication date 2006
Start page 1
End page 14
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication Coldstream, Vic.
Summary This paper examines the literature relevant to an analysis of gender and discourse in police organisations with a view to testing it through research. Much of the literature on policing can be divided into four key topic areas: the features and construction of police culture; women’s integration into policing; organisational structures and styles of police leadership; and debates about the nature of police work. An examination of the literature has revealed a deficiency of research in discourses within policing and in particular, the impact of discourses on gender and police training. Assumptions underpinning the research project and supported by literature include: formal and informal structures and practices within organisations produce and reproduce gender relations; power, gender relations and masculinity are characteristics of police culture; discourses are products and resources of interactions which establish particular truths; and police organisations have been slow to respond to anti-discrimination legislation and to integrate women into police services. Critical to any analysis of culture, power, gender, discourses, difference, and subjectification is the dynamic and complex nature of culture. Applying Shearing’s and Ericson’s definition of culture as ‘figurative logic’ has resonance in police organisations where symbols, rhetoric and metaphors function as vehicles for discourses.
ISSN 1324-9339
Language eng
Field of Research 160809 Sociology of Education
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
HERDC collection year 2007
Copyright notice ©2006, AARE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014873

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