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Status, Gender and Geography: power negotiations in police research

Belur, JS; (2014) Status, Gender and Geography: power negotiations in police research. Qualitative Research , 14 (2) pp. 184-200. 10.1177/1468794112468474. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper is a reflexive analysis of the impact of researcher characteristics such as gender, age, ethnicity and status on doing police research in conflict zones. The reported research explored perceptions of frontline police officers working in left wing extremism affected areas in India. I suggest five working propositions emerge from this work. First, power is necessarily negotiated between the interviewer and the interviewee throughout the interview process. Second, whilst researcher gender and age do influence the research process, it is proposed that status dominates power negotiations in hierarchical organizations. Third, working in conflict zones places many restrictions on the researcher and the research process which impact upon research design and outcomes. Fourth, the microgeography of the interview site is relevant to how power negotiations are conducted. Finally, guidelines to resolve ethical dilemmas rarely provide solutions to tricky field research situations.

Type: Article
Title: Status, Gender and Geography: power negotiations in police research
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1468794112468474
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1468794112468474
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2013. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page(http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
Keywords: police, reflexivity, power negotiations, interviews, gender, status, India
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1359316
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