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The enactment of professional boundary work: a case study of crime investigation
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1440-0470
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8517-0313
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2023 (English)In: Professions & Professionalism, ISSN 1893-1049, E-ISSN 1893-1049, Vol. 13, no 2, article id e5345Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Professional boundary takes place as actors negotiate occupational boundaries and division of labour. In this article, we examine the conditions of defensive, accommodating, and configurational boundary work in the context of crime investigation. We analyse how professional boundaries are negotiated as civilian investigators become involved with policing. The article is based on 71 interviews with civilian and police crime investigators from a variety of investigation units in Sweden. Findings show how policing as a professional field is shifted as civilians from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying motivations enter the occupation. Defensive boundary work that devalued civilians was widely occurring. However, boundary work that focused on learning, collaboration, and training was also occurring in high-status units. The discussion focuses on how power asymmetries impact boundary work when professions are undergoing change. This study exemplifies how organizational actors navigate, defend, and challenge their positions as professional boundaries are negotiated.

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Oslo: OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University , 2023. Vol. 13, no 2, article id e5345
Keywords [en]
Boundary work, crime investigation, police, policing, professionalism
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-220874DOI: 10.7577/pp.5345Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85183924524OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-220874DiVA, id: diva2:1838511
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