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Dixon of dock green got shot! Policing identity work and organizational change

Davies, Annette and Thomas, Robyn 2008. Dixon of dock green got shot! Policing identity work and organizational change. Public Administration 86 (3) , pp. 627-642. 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.00744.x

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Abstract

Drawing on a small-scale ethnographic study in one UK police force, the paper offers insights into how different individuals and groups legitimate particular definitions of policing performance through invoking contrasting constructions of community policing. In doing so, the paper focuses on the discursive analysis of change defined in two interrelated ways: firstly with regard to the intentions and implementation of a new discursive template; and, secondly, as ongoing situated human agency in context. Findings from the study show how ‘Dixon of Dock Green’– an archaic stereotype of the slow-witted but endearing ‘PC Plod’ character – is used as a discursive resource to both acknowledge and resist the legitimacy of community work in the definition of ‘real policing’. Despite attempts over the last two decades to underpin policing priorities, as well as roles and cultures, with a collaborative, community focused approach, the study suggests a marginal impact on policing processes, performance and work identities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0033-3298
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 13:41
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/18133

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