The racialization of ethnic minority police officers and researchers: on positionality and (auto)ethnographic fieldwork

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Abstract

This article reflects on the personal, epistemological and methodological dilemmas of conducting (auto)ethnographic fieldwork within the police organisation. The argument is that positionality and ascribed identities complicate existing dilemmas of using participant observation within the police context, such as maintaining a researcher’s role, acceptance, building trust and coping with ostracism. The article also deals with the tension of being a member of the organisation and a researcher at the same time, as well as the pains, but also the gains, of doing auto-ethnographic fieldwork within the police organisation as a frequently racialized (male) member of an ethnic minority.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-132
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Policing Studies
Volume5
Issue numberSpecial Issue [1]
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017

Keywords

  • police
  • racialization
  • diversity
  • autoethnography
  • ethnic minorities

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