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A tale of two cultures: A comparison of the cultures of the police and academia

Canter, David V. (2004) A tale of two cultures: A comparison of the cultures of the police and academia. In: Policing a safe, just and tolerant socitey: an international model. Waterside Press, Winchester, UK, pp. 109-121. ISBN 9781904380092

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    One of the developments in policing that is significant in creating a more just society
    is the increasing openness of police forces to academic work and their embracing of
    scientific approaches to crime management. These increasing interactions require
    cross-cultural understanding which is not always present. It is therefore of value to
    explore the contrasts between the culture of the police and of academics. It is argued
    that these two cultures differ in a) their approach to the nature of knowledge, b) what
    are considered appropriate forms of action, and c) in the objectives that motivate
    individuals within these contexts. These differences are generated by the overall
    missions of the different institutions and are usually consonant with them. However,
    academics can benefit from taking on board some of the perspectives of the police and
    the police increasingly need academic and scientific input. Thus whilst both cultures
    have something to offer there is great benefit in them getting to understand each other
    so that they can work together more productively. It is the out of the interaction
    between these cultures, as sort of miscegenation, that more effective policing will

    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Additional Information: Reproduced with kind permission of publisher
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
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    Depositing User: David Canter
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2010 11:27
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 14:45


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