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Careers as social-symbolic work: civilian criminal investigators’ struggle for legitimacy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0009-0006-0422-8872
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8517-0313
2024 (English)In: Public personnel management, ISSN 0091-0260, E-ISSN 1945-7421Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The nexus between work and social categories is known to have an impact on how people develop in their careers. The purpose of this study was to examine the conditions for career work undertaken by civilian criminal investigators (CIs) who are currently entering police organizations, complementing police officers in criminal investigations. The empirical study encompassed 71 interviews conducted with both civilian and police CIs in the Swedish police. The conditions for career work were analyzed through a social-symbolic lens, recognizing the impact of both resource distribution and agency in a network of different actors. Furthermore, the contextual nature of career work was examined, highlighting tensions between civilian and police CIs, influenced by gender dynamics and cultural factors. The situatedness and cultural characteristics of the workplace, involving gender and academic and professional background, have divergent outcomes in career work. This research discusses the multifaceted nature of career development among civilian CIs, providing an extended understanding of career as a socially negotiated process and unraveling the mutual influence of organizational dynamics, cultural norms, and resource distribution in shaping individual career trajectories.

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Sage Publications, 2024.
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career work, police, civilianization, gender, social-symbolic work
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-223145DOI: 10.1177/00910260241241529ISI: 001198798600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85190993230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-223145DiVA, id: diva2:1850325
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2020-00344Available from: 2024-04-10 Created: 2024-04-10 Last updated: 2024-06-05

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