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Pathways into policing - a gendered experience?


Stewart, B, Pathways into policing - a gendered experience?, Re-imagining sociology : the annual conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2008, 2-5 December 2008, University of Melbourne, Victoria EJ ISBN 978-0-7340-3984-2 (2008) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Few occupations have been so fully defined as masculine and as resistant to the integration of women as policing (Martin 1996), but little research has been done on what motivates women to seek employment in this male dominated occupation. Despite increased research into women in policing over the past two decades, most studies have focused on barriers facing women after they become officers. The aim of the current study is to examine whether there are identifiable pathways into policing as a career choice; whether factors predictive of various pathways can be identified and whether socialization plays a role in individual perceptions of policing as a suitable career choice. Further, does a policewoman’s gender identity influence her experience of policing i.e. is there a relationship between ‘doing gender’ and ‘doing policing’? This paper outlines the results of a survey of male and female constables, and initial findings from interviews with female constables.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:gender, employment pathways, police, women, barriers
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Work and labour market not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Stewart, B (Dr Barbara Stewart)
ID Code:56030
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies
Deposited On:2009-03-22
Last Modified:2014-05-20
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