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Revisiting police reform: Rank-Neutral Space as resistance and conformity

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posted on 2024-03-08, 12:12 authored by C Davis
The contemporary policing landscape is challenging traditional, hierarchical working arrangements as the police respond to new and more complex demands. Scholars have long recognized police occupational culture as a barrier to organizational change. Rank-centric cultural conventions conflict with alternative, democratic forms of working. This article introduces the concept of Rank-Neutral Space to describe an emerging practice where police officers navigate the hierarchical-laden culture to bring about change. In theorizing Rank-Neutral Space, I bring together perspectives from the sociology of space and findings from a qualitative study of police leadership, to define the space as a site of resistance and conformity, to capture the complexity of reform in the police as both processes of change and continuity.

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Author affiliation

School of Criminology, University of Leicester

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Theoretical Criminology

Volume

27

Issue

1

Pagination

126 - 146

Publisher

SAGE Publications

issn

1362-4806

eissn

1461-7439

Copyright date

2022

Available date

2024-03-08

Language

en

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