From exclusion to inclusion: A proposed approach to addressing the culture of masculinity within policing

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the cultural aspect of policing, particularly as it relates to the role of gender, and proposes an alternative approach to addressing the culture of masculinity within policing. Design/methodology/approach: First, the author provides a brief overview of the nature of policing. This is followed by a review of the relevant literature on policing and gender and the implications for men, women, and police organizations of adhering to a militarized or hegemonic form of masculinity. Finally, the author discusses Ely and Myerson's proposed theory for "undoing gender" and its relevance for policing. Findings: The findings of this paper suggest that the police culture continues to reinforce the masculine image of policing, thereby representing a significant barrier to the advancement of women. The findings also suggest that this barrier may be overcome through shared goals that advance collective well-being, definitions of competence linked to task requirements, and a learning orientation toward work. Originality/value: This paper makes an important contribution to the existing literature on gender and policing, as it specifically focusses on the cultural influences of masculinity and considers the structural, behavioral, and cultural changes required to create margins of safety for police officers to experiment with new behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764-775
Number of pages12
JournalEquality, Diversity and Inclusion
Volume34
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov. 2015

Keywords

  • Gender
  • Organizational culture
  • Women
  • Workplace

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