Theorizing Police Response to Domestic Violence in Singapore: Police Subculture Revisited

Ganapathy, N (2005) Theorizing Police Response to Domestic Violence in Singapore: Police Subculture Revisited. Journal of Criminal Justice: An International Journal, 33(5), pp. 429-439.

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This article focuses on the well documented, yet potentially contested concept of rank-and-file policesubculture to conceptualize policeresponse to situations of domesticviolence in Singapore. It argues that the utility of the concept to explaining police behavior is often undermined by an all-powerful, homogenous, and deterministic conception of it that fails to take into account the value of agency in police decision-making and the range of differentiated policeresponse in situations of domesticviolence. Through reviewing the literature on policeresponse to domesticviolence, this study called for the need to rework the concept of policesubculture by treating it as having a relationship with, and response to, the structural conditions of policing, while retaining a conception of the active role played by street-level officers in instituting a situational practice. Using Pierre Bourdieu's relational concepts of ‘habitus’ and ‘field,’ designating the cultural dispositions of policesubculture and structural conditions of policing respectively, the study attempted to reconceptualize the problem of policing domesticviolence with reference to the Singaporean context.

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ID Code: 51787
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2005.06.007
ISSN: 0047-2352
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 03:30
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 06:08

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