Diversity dilemmas within the (Swedish) Police
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Society dilemmas are police dilemmas. However, dilemmas concerning diversity bring matters to a head within the police whose mandate is to protect democratic values and human rights. This PhD-project presents how contradictory notions of diversity leads to struggles of the role of diversity within the constabulary and in relation to policing, based on accounts from police officers undergoing their final training. The study reveals tensions between contradictory demands, leading to dilemmas for the police: on the one hand requirements for increased diversity and on the other restrictions of diversity. How can we understand the police mission to work against prejudice, when parts of policing are based on prejudice? Why is a discriminatory humorous jargon reproduced in a profession whose duty is to promote justice and obstruct discrimination? What are the implications of an increasing demand of knowledge of different social groups, which at the same time places these groups in a discriminatory social order? These are some of the questions and dilemmas brought to the fore by notions of diversity within the police in a Swedish context.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Diversity, dilemmas, police, police education
Educational Sciences Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-135043OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-135043DiVA: diva2:1078992
Den Femte Nordiska polisforskningskonferensen, Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö 19-21 augusti, 2014.