Abstract

This paper explores the topic of police storytelling from an ethnographic
perspective. Ethnographies have always been full of stories, but it took a
while for storytelling as such to draw attention to it within the broader
study of police culture. Lately, we have seen increased attention for
storytelling in policing. Recent studies cover new ground: they comment
on story tellability, on police storytelling among recruits, on the
differences across settings, and more. Nevertheless, a more systematic
treatment of this topic is still lacking. This paper reviews the literature
on police storytelling. Its purpose is to come to a more thorough and
critical understanding of storytelling in policing (studies), which allows
us to identify some challenges and opportunities we see for future
(ethnographic) research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-115
Number of pages18
JournalPolicing and Society
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • CONSTRUCTION
  • CULTURE
  • LIES
  • POLICE USE
  • Police culture
  • SENSEMAKING
  • STORIES
  • SUBCULTURE
  • TELL
  • TRANSFORMATION
  • ethnography
  • narrative criminology
  • storytelling

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