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Workplace learning, power, and practice: modes of participation for civilian criminal investigators
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1440-0470
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2023 (English)In: Vocations and Learning, ISSN 1874-785X, E-ISSN 1874-7868Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article aims to contribute to the theorization of power in workplace learning. We examined the ways in which civilian investigators participate in criminal investigation practice, and how these modes related to the social ordering in the police organization. Civilians, mostly women and well educated, are being hired in large numbers to help with the shortage of staff within the Swedish police organization. We analysed 71 interviews with both civilians and police officers, covering views on the nature of investigative work, the introduction of civilians, and their competence. The interviews were analysed in an abductive process using a practice theory outlook on power and participation. The results show four different modes of participation for civilians that have vastly different consequences for their integration into the police. These modes are dependent on how civilian competence is viewed, whether civilians are viewed as different or similar, and whether they are considered competent at investigating crimes. We conclude that the struggle to define competent practice is at the core of understanding the relationship between learning and power.

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Springer, 2023.
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Workplace learning, Power, Participation, Criminal investigation, Practice theory, Police
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214913DOI: 10.1007/s12186-023-09335-wScopus ID: 2-s2.0-85173109617OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-214913DiVA, id: diva2:1802118
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2020-00344Available from: 2023-10-03 Created: 2023-10-03 Last updated: 2023-10-16

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