© 2016

Police, Race and Culture in the ‘new Ireland’

An Ethnography

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sam O’Brien-Olinger
      Pages 3-6
    3. Sam O’Brien-Olinger
      Pages 7-41
  3. Theory-Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Sam O’Brien-Olinger
      Pages 45-70
    3. Sam O’Brien-Olinger
      Pages 71-90
  4. Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Sam O’Brien-Olinger
      Pages 93-131
    3. Sam O’Brien-Olinger
      Pages 132-154
    4. Sam O’Brien-Olinger
      Pages 155-197
    5. Sam O’Brien-Olinger
      Pages 229-261
    6. Sam O’Brien-Olinger
      Pages 262-279
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 280-324

About this book


This book explores the relationship between the Irish police and ethnic minorities, made particularly pressing by the rapid ethnic diversification of Irish society. It addresses the current deficit in knowledge of this area by exploring how Irish police officers conceive of, talk about, and interact with Ireland's immigrant minority communities.


Habitus Practice sense-making police race ethnicity ethnography immigration qualitative research ethnomethodology critical discourse analysis Ireland An Garda Síochána community policing immigration policing human agency social change policing criminology community knowledge methodology migration

About the authors

Sam O'Brien-Olinger received his PhD from the School of Sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland, in 2012. He was first awarded an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship in 2007.

Bibliographic information


“Built upon an impressive mountain of empirical research, the book shows in great detail how police actively create ‘the other’ in both discourse and action and how that creation itself is influenced by the wider political and social context. O’Brien-Olinger’s deft combination of evidence and theory makes this book of interest far beyond policing scholars.” (Jesse S. G. Wozniak, American Journal of Sociology, 2016)