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Police bodies and police minds: Occupational socialization through sport
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Police Education Unit at Umeå University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2016 (English)In: Book of Abstracts, 2016, 80-80 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on a study of Swedish police officers’ sport participation as a form of occupational socialisation. Previously, questions of how sport functions as socialisation for work practice has been largely overlooked in the literature. The police are an interesting case, as policing is permeated by ideas of bodily prowess. The study seeks to answer how ideals of work practice are enacted through sport participation and how such socialisation has excluding effects. Using a practice theory framework, the concept of teleoaffective structure guides the analysis. Twelve interviews were conducted with police officers who have experience in police sports and policing. The analysis targeted symbolic manifestations of teleoaffectivity, and the findings indicate five overlapping ideals between sport and police practice. In addition, one police specific ideal was constructed. Based on these findings, we discuss how participation in sport practices subtly shape occupational norms.  

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2016. 80-80 p.
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-128368OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-128368DiVA: diva2:1051698
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Triennial Conference European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA), September 8-11, Maynooth, Ireland
Available from: 2016-12-02 Created: 2016-12-02 Last updated: 2016-12-02

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