Gender and Policing - Comparative Perspectives

by Jennifer Brown
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Policing has experienced something of a crisis worldwide. With allegations of excessive use of force in the USA, corruption scandals in Australia, racial tensions in Britain and sex crimes in Belgium, never has it been under greater public scrutiny. Examination of police organizations through a gender looking-glass reveals the inadequacies of analyses offered by research approaches that left women out of the frame. This ambitious and ground-breaking book builds on a growing corpus of work to extend issues relating to police occupational culture, showing how modern policing policies look when examined through a gendered lens.
Jennifer Brown and Frances Heidensohn pool their established expertise on policing, crime and gender to look at women's experiences in law-enforcement agencies across the globe. Drawing on the findings of the first ever international comparative research on this subject, they show that policewomen share many experiences, wherever they come from, but that there are also key differences related to traditions, systems, styles and cultures of policing. The book raises vital issues about law, order and the achievement of change in criminal justice policies. It provides a thorough analysis of the current state of research on the topic, as well as new data on nations from every continent, and it proposes an innovative framework for analysis. Finally, it uncovers fascinating personal stories and lost texts that chart the victories won by forgotten or overlooked pioneers who developed women's contribution to, and changing practice in, policy worldwide. As such it will be essential reading for all those interested in policing, equality, gender and crime.


Jennifer Brown
Frances Heidensohn

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Table of Contents:

Introduction: Setting the Scene.- Comparative Approaches and the Historical Context.- The Role of Women in Policing.- The Contemporary Picture: Constants and Contrasts.- Filling in the Picture: The Empirical Details.- Personal Stories: Comparing Careers.- Conclusions.- Bibliography.- Index.

Original research integrated within a wider overview of the research evidence and literature
Reputation of Frances Heidensohn as a worldclass scholar in this area
Truly international/comparative framework of the book which makes it of equal relevance in all markets
Media Type:
Macmillan Education
Biography Artist:
JENNIFER BROWN is Reader in Psychology at the University of Surrey. She was Head of Research at Hampshire Constabulary for eight years and has researched and published extensively on policing.
FRANCES HEIDENSOHN has written and researched extensively on crime, social control and gender and has especial interest in comparative studies. She is Professor of Social Policy at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is the author of many books, including Crime and Society, Women and Crime (now in its second edition), and Women in Control?.
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Product Type:
Hardback book
Package Dimensions:
0.218 x 0.14 x 0.018 m; 0.381 kg
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