This unique collection brings together leading international scholars to explore how ideologies about masculinities have shaped police culture, policy and institutional organization from the eighteenth century to the present day.
It addresses an under-researched area of historical inquiry, providing the first in-depth study of how gender ideologies have shaped law enforcement and civic governance under `old' and `new' police models, tracing links, continuities, and changes between them. The book opens up scholarly understanding of the ways in which policing reflected, sustained, embodied and enforced ideas of masculinities in historic and modern contexts, as well as how conceptions of masculinities were, and continue to be, interpreted through representations of the police in various forms of print and popular culture.
The research covers the UK, Europe, Australia and America and explores police typologies in different international and institutional contexts, using varied approaches, sources and interpretive frameworks drawn from historical and criminological traditions.
This book will be essential reading for academics, students and those in interested in gender, culture, police and criminal justice history as well as police practitioners.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 308
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm
"This interesting anthology traces changing notions of masculinity in various police agencies in recent history....the work is the best quarry about police sources this reviewer has seen in recent years. Summing up: Highly Recommended." - P.T. Smith, CHOICE, October 2012
"This edited collection on how masculine ideologies have shaped, and were shaped by, policing both culturally and institutionally, is a joy to read ... As the study of masculinities slowly makes inroads into areas of history heretofore viewed with either a traditional political focus or, more recently, a specifically female-orienated approach, a collection such A History of Police and Masculinities, 1700-2010 is a welcome addition to gender scholarship." - Deborah Seiler, Otto-Friedrich University, Germany in Parergon
"This worthy book casts significant light on an under-explored facet of police history."-Shane Ewen, Journal of Continuity and Change