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Women Police in a Traditional Society: Test of a Western Model of Integration

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It has been argued that policewomen in traditional societies do not aspire to being fully integrated into mainstream policing, but may prefer a more restricted and segregated role. This thesis is examined in the context of policing in Tamil Nadu, a state of India. The present study uses data gathered through interviews and a standardized questionnaire, and focuses on the preferences expressed by women officers about roles and styles of policing. These preferences are compared with those of women interviewed in earlier research in India and other countries. It is concluded that, while progress to full integration in traditional societies may be slower, it seems to follow the same sequence of stages found in Western societies.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019, USA

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2016-12-07

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