publication . Article . 2002

Police as Life World. An Ethnography of Police-Officers' Identity

Rafael Behr;
Open Access German
  • Published: 01 Jan 2002 Journal: Forum: Qualitative Social Research (issn: 1438-5627, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: FQS
The purpose of this paper is to present some findings and problems which I encountered during my ethnography work on several German police units conducted in 1995. Participant observation is not original, but nevertheless unusual for a study of police work. To understand the behavior and the thinking of police officers, one must regard their exclusive possession of power and their discretion for using it. The power of the police is different to the power of suspects or other individuals: Police-power is part of the monopolized state-force, the action of suspects against the police is seen as violence or obstruction. The tensions following this difference are bot...
free text keywords: cop culture, ethnography, life world studies, masculinities, police, police culture, police research, subculture studies, Social sciences (General), H1-99
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