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Restructuring the "Old Bill': Policing Identities and Commitment

Thomas, Robyn and Davies, Annette 2002. Restructuring the "Old Bill': Policing Identities and Commitment. Women in Management Review 17 (3/4) , pp. 180-189. 10.1108/09649420210425327

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Presents a gendered analysis of the reconstitution of professional subjectivities, as part of the New Public Management (NPM) discourse in the UK police service. Draws on texts generated from interviews with police uniform and civilian professional/managers in two constabularies. Explores the ways in which individuals have received and responded to the NPM discourse. Analysis of these texts suggests the promotion of specific gendered meanings of commitment, based on high visibility and unquestioning loyalty. Drawing on a Foucauldain feminist framework, illustrates how individuals exploit the weaknesses, contradictions and spaces revealed in the NPM discourse. This takes place through thought and action, stimulated by tension, discomfort, paradox and difference and may result in accomodation, adaptation or denial of the subject positions offered.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: Feminism, Gender, Management, Police, United Kingdom
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 0964-9425
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 14:47

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