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"Heroic Crime Fighters" A Phenomenological Analysis of Police Officers' Idealistic Role Construct

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dc.contributor.advisor Parnaby, Patrick Buffone, Sonya 2011-08-09 2011-08-25T21:00:01Z 2011-08-25T21:00:01Z 2011-08-25
dc.description.abstract This research seeks to understand how public police officers phenomenologically construct and conceptualize their occupational role. Most research has overlooked officers’ intimate constructions of reality. The present study addresses this gap in the literature by presenting an inductive analysis of how police officers define their role, capturing officers’ intimate constructions of their life-world, while acknowledging the contradictions and tensions that characterize this role construct. My interview data indicates that officers define their role in terms of an ideal construct that is oftentimes at odds with their lived reality. Moreover, the data suggests that there is a discontinuity between officers’ definition of reality, the nature of their lived experienced, and the institutionalized definitions of reality espoused by the media, the public and the courts which, ultimately, fosters feelings of powerlessness among the officers. I conclude with discussion about the implications of holding onto this role construct and offer potential policy initiatives. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Phenomenology en_US
dc.subject Police officers en_US
dc.subject Role en_US
dc.subject Institutionalization en_US
dc.subject Powerlessness en_US
dc.title "Heroic Crime Fighters" A Phenomenological Analysis of Police Officers' Idealistic Role Construct en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Sociology en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US

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