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Doing gender and professional identity: inclusion and exclusion of female civilians in criminal investigations
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2948-8647
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8517-0313
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1440-0470
2023 (English)In: Policing & society, ISSN 1043-9463, E-ISSN 1477-2728, Vol. 33, no 8, p. 893-907Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The number of civilian crime investigators (CIs) has been increasing among the police, a trend that is called civilianisation. However, conflicts have arisen from perceptions that civilian CIs undermine professional police efforts. The purpose of this study was to investigate the intersection of doing gender and professional identity in narratives on inclusion and/or exclusion in CIs' professional practices. Because professional background and gender composition change with the civilianisation of the police, this study included interviews with 48 female CIs from Sweden. The study showed that aspects of belongingness and uniqueness interact in complex ways and conclude that the intersection of being a civilian CI and a woman is at the core, especially in narratives on exclusion. Taken together, this means that civilian CIs' narratives are important to learn from and can help the police become aware of obstacles to and opportunities for civilian employees' full participation in the criminal investigation practice. Aspects of belongingness and uniqueness are discussed to contribute knowledge of how gender and professional identity can be redone in a way that helps reduce future barriers to full inclusion of female and civilian CIs in police work.

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Routledge, 2023. Vol. 33, no 8, p. 893-907
Keywords [en]
Civilian, doing gender, police organisation, professional identity
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-210119DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2023.2221764ISI: 001003525300001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85161868410OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-210119DiVA, id: diva2:1770273
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2020-00344Available from: 2023-06-19 Created: 2023-06-19 Last updated: 2023-09-04Bibliographically approved

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Haake, UlrikaLindberg, OlaRantatalo, Oscar

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