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Women in Policing
Feminist Perspectives on Theory and Practice

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ISBN 9780367701826
July 20, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
112 Pages

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Book Description

Women in Policing provides an insight into women's role within policing, their emergence and development, offering a theoretical underpinning to explore this role as well as incorporating two empirical studies, one which reassesses the lived experiences of female officers, and one based on FOI requests to examine police officer disciplinary offences in three police force areas.

The book begins by exploring some of the history of ideas in relation to ideas about women and their supposed nature. Cunningham shows how a variety of feminist ideas and critique are of vital importance in illuminating and critiquing the place of women within this field and provides a feminist lens with which to explore these themes critically. The book also examines the re-emergence of these ideas about women in current women and policing literature. Together exploration of these sources using a feminist conceptual framework facilitates a new, rich analysis that is both reflective and reflexive, culminating in a novel snapshot of the place of women in policing in England. She argues that accepting both institutional racism and institutional misogyny are vital in approaching transformational change in policing practice. The book concludes with discussion around how these findings can help with police confidence and legitimacy in the future.

A fundamental examination of the ideas underpinning how women’s integration and continuation in policing has happened, where it is currently and where it may go, Women in Policing will be of great interest to police practitioners and students as well as Criminology, Sociology and Law and Policing scholars.

Table of Contents


1. Wollstonecraft, the ‘nature of woman’ and women entering the police

2. Re-emerging arguments about the nature of woman, a re-examination of Twenty-three policewomen data and a review of policing in Australia

3. Feminist use of Freedom of Information requests (FOI)

4. Conclusions and Summary



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Emma Cunningham is a senior lecturer in Criminology at Teesside University where she has worked within different departments for over 20 years and has taught under and post-graduate students across the social sciences as well as local, national and international police officers. She was also involved in the England-Africa Partnership between staff at the University of Teesside, from the Kigali Institute of Education, the National University of Rwanda and the Rwandan Police and was an external examiner there (2007-8). She is interested in Wollstonecraft, domestic and sexual violence, citizenship, human rights and women and policing which inform her research areas.