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United Nations International Police Officers in Peacekeeping Missions

A Phenomenological Exploration of Complex Acculturation, 1st Edition

By Michael R. Sanchez


136 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Why do international policing missions often fail to achieve their mandate? Why do United Nations Police officers struggle when serving in foreign peacekeeping missions? United Nations International Police Officers in Peacekeeping Missions: A Phenomenological Exploration of Complex Acculturation unravels these problems to find a causal thread: When working in hyper-diverse organizations such as the United Nations Police, United Nations police officers must grapple with adjusting to a kaleidoscope of different and competing cultures simultaneously—an issue the author identifies as complex acculturation. In this introduction to the novel concept of complex acculturation, Michael Sanchez explores the reasons behind the chronic performance troubles of the United Nations Police, and explains how the very fabric of the organization contributes to its ineffectiveness. While previous research has focused on private sector expatriate workers’ challenges when adapting to a single new culture, this timely book describes a previously unstudied phenomenon and applies this knowledge to help businesses, governments, organizations, and citizens navigate the increasingly diverse workplace of the future. This book lays the foundation for a new area of study and provides a forward-thinking perspective that will interest multinational companies, police agencies, international relations organizations, prospective expatriate workers, and academics alike.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. United Nations International Police

3. The UNPOL Experience

4. Exploring Expatriate and UNPOL Performance

5. Identifying Simple and Complex Acculturation

6. Phenomenological Description of Complex Acculturation

7.Sources of Cultural Dissonance

8. UNPOL Productivity and Complex Acculturation as a Construct

9. Successfully Coping with the Challenges of Complex Acculturation

10. Implications of this Research

About the Author

Dr. Michael R. Sanchez has over 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, including four years as an International Police Officer for the United Nations in Kosovo and one year in Haiti. Dr. Sanchez currently teaches Criminal Justice at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

About the Series

Routledge Innovations in Policing

The Routledge Innovations in Policing explores innovations in the field of policing and offers the latest insight into the field through research, theoretical applications, case studies, and evaluations. Famous innovations developed over the course of the late twentieth century and into the turn of the twenty-first include approaches such as community policing, "broken windows" policing, problem-oriented policing, "pulling levers" policing, third-party policing, hot spots policing, Compstat, and evidence-based policing. Some of these approaches have been successful, and some have not, while new innovations continue to arise. Improving police performance through innovation is often not straightforward. Police departments are highly resistant to change, but through such research we expect to find further refinement of our knowledge of "what works" in policing, under what circumstances particular strategies may work, and why these strategies are effective in improving police performance.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology