Academic Papers

“I TOOK THE BLUE PILL” THE EFFECT OF THE HEGEMONIC MASCULINE POLICE CULTURE ON CANADIAN POLICEWOMEN’S IDENTITIES

“I TOOK THE BLUE PILL” THE EFFECT OF THE HEGEMONIC MASCULINE POLICE CULTURE ON CANADIAN POLICEWOMEN’S IDENTITIES

About The Project

Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Sociology

Supervisor

Dr. Tracey L. Adams

Abstract

There are varied opinions as to whether the subculture of policing continues to reproduce traditional gender roles and stereotypes in order to maintain male dominance, leaving policewomen at a distinct disadvantage. In an effort to understand this phenomenon from policewomen’s own experiences, this study utilized qualitative in-depth interviews with 15 policewomen from varied police forces in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. The role of police culture and hegemonic masculinity is explored in relation to the identity formation of policewomen both on and off-duty. Drawing on the work of Dorothy Smith (1987), the findings reveal that policewomen have a bifurcated consciousness, dividing the world as they actually experience it from the hegemonic masculine view they adopt as officers. Since the latter viewpoint strongly devalues the former, women are frequently conflicted, and at times at war with themselves and each other. The results confirm that the hegemonic masculine values perpetuated by the institution of policing influences the way policewomen see themselves, the world, and each other.

Recommended Citation

Bikos, Lesley J., “”I Took the Blue Pill” The Effect of the Hegemonic Masculine Police Culture on Canadian Policewomen’s Identities” (2016). MA Research Paper. Paper 7. http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/sociology_masrp/7

Academic Papers

From Hero to Zero: Policing the Police in Canada- How the Current Culture of Hero Worship Perpetuates Corruption and Dysfunction Within the Canadian Criminal Justice System

From Hero to Zero: Policing the Police in Canada- How the Current Culture of Hero Worship Perpetuates Corruption and Dysfunction Within the Canadian Criminal Justice System

About The Project

Abstract

This essay examines the systemic structural problems inherent within the policing system of Canada and the pervasive inequality and corruption that it perpetuates. Variables of public perception, along with police deviance and culture are examined to highlight the structural deficiencies and their prevention of social equality within the Canadian criminal justice system. This essay examines the concept of hero worship as a factor in the Canadian public’s acceptance of police corruption and deviance, along with Robert Merton’s strain theory to show the limited categories available for police officer identity under the current system. Finally, possible solutions to the closed subculture of police power and corruption are offered for future policy considerations.
Recommended Citation

Bikos, Lesley J. (2014) “From Hero to Zero: Policing the Police in Canada- How the Current Culture of Hero Worship Perpetuates Corruption and Dysfunction Within the Canadian Criminal Justice System,” Sociological Imagination: Western’s Undergraduate Sociology Student Journal: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 12.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/si/vol3/iss1/12

Academic PapersForthcoming

Warrior or Traitor? An Insider’s Perspective on Research with Policewomen in Canada. (Working title)

Warrior or Traitor? An Insider’s Perspective on Research with Policewomen in Canada. (Working title)