Police Socialisation, Identity and Culture

Becoming Blue

  • Sarah Charman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sarah Charman
    Pages 1-10
  3. Interpreting Police Socialisation, Identity and Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Sarah Charman
      Pages 39-61
    3. Sarah Charman
      Pages 63-90
    4. Sarah Charman
      Pages 127-167
  4. Researching Police Socialisation, Identity and Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Sarah Charman
      Pages 171-187
    3. Sarah Charman
      Pages 223-250
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 345-387

About this book


This book reinvigorates the debate about the origins and development of police culture within our changing social, economic and political landscape. An in-depth analysis and appreciation of the literature surrounding police socialisation, identity and culture is combined with a comprehensive four-year longitudinal study of new recruits to a police force in England. The result offers new insights into the development of, and influences upon, new police recruits who refer to themselves as a “new breed” of police officer. Adding significantly to the police culture literature, this original and empirically based research also provides valuable insights into the challenges of modern policing in an age of austerity. Scholars of policing and criminal justice, as well as police officers themselves will find this compelling reading.


Organizations Organizational change Criminology Criminal Justice Policing Police Officer Police Reform Austerity Police recruits Budget cuts

Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah Charman
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PortsmouthPortsmouthUnited Kingdom

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