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Looking different, acting different: Struggles for equality within the South African Police Service

Marks, Monique

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This descriptive paper tells the story of the daily difficulties that members of the Public Order Police (POP) unit in South Africa experienced in their attempts to create a more diverse (in terms of race and gender) and representative police organization. This story is told through recordings of observations and conversations that span a 4-year ethnographic journal. The paper demonstrates that despite affirmative action and equity legislation and programmes, Durban POP by the year 2001, six...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMarks, Monique
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:36:35Z
dc.identifier.issn0033-3298
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/35310
dc.description.abstractThis descriptive paper tells the story of the daily difficulties that members of the Public Order Police (POP) unit in South Africa experienced in their attempts to create a more diverse (in terms of race and gender) and representative police organization. This story is told through recordings of observations and conversations that span a 4-year ethnographic journal. The paper demonstrates that despite affirmative action and equity legislation and programmes, Durban POP by the year 2001, six years after the transformation process within the unit began, was still plagued by deep racial and gender divisions. These divisions were reinforced by the structural make-up of the unit and the inability of middle management to challenge entrenched practices, as well as deep-seated assumptions, schemas and values associated with race, ethnicity and gender. By means of a ethnographic journal I was able to discover some of the daily dilemmas of the police in their change efforts and also the difficulties of getting police practice to meet new policy agendas.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourcePublic Administration
dc.subjectKeywords: conference proceeding; cultural influence; ethnicity; gender relations; organizational framework; police force; race; Africa; South Africa; Southern Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa
dc.titleLooking different, acting different: Struggles for equality within the South African Police Service
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume86
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor160205 - Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3955364xPUB123
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMarks, Monique, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage643
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage665
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.00745.x
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T09:51:24Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-53149145991
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