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Female Police Officers: The Influence of a Masculine Culture
by Magnus, Jennifer Victoria, D.B.A., Northcentral University, 2017, 181; 10635186
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to identify and understand the strategies and experiences of female police officers working within the masculine culture of police organizations. Using Acker’s gendered institutions theory, the researcher explored the organizational culture and subculture of the police and how police culture potentially places limitations on the career success of female police officers. The data came from semistructured interviews with seven female police officers working for a municipal police agency within Alberta, Canada. The researcher also analyzed publicly available data which included a 2013 workplace review and audit of a police organization in Alberta, Canada as well as a 2017 workplace harassment review of Canada’s Federal police service. The researcher found the themes that aligned with Acker’s gendered institution theory included: (a) experience the need to prove self, (b) experience sexual and gender harassment, (c) positive experience from fellow officers, (d) negative experience from fellow officers, (e) experience of positive behavior from supervisors, (f) experience of negative behavior from supervisors, (g) experience related to work and family, (h) experience bullying and labelling, (i) experience psychological stress, and (j) experience masculine culture. The study findings assisted in providing valuable information concerning gender issues related to the recruitment, promotion, and retention of female police officers within a Canadian police organization. The research results suggested further examination of experiences of female police officers, as well as male police officers, is needed to fully understand the effect masculine culture has on police organizations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bakari, Marie
Commitee: Lowe, Andrea
School: Northcentral University
Department: Business and Technology Management
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Female police officers, Gendered institutions theory, Masculine culture, Organizational culture, Police culture
Publication Number: 10635186
ISBN: 978-0-355-41197-3
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