Lindsay Youansamouth presented at the Policing Ethnography Conference in Newcastle
14th February 2019
Lindsay Youansamouth was invited to present at the Policing Ethnography Conference, which was held in January 2019.
The conference explored the role and status of narrative in policing itself and in ethnographic police research writings.
Much of the literature and policy-based discussion about policing demonstrates that story telling is a central device within police occupational culture and organisational identity. Moreover, fictional and non-fictional representations of police work (both written and visual) shape public and practitioner understandings of policing in ways that tend to prioritise action-oriented law enforcement over other aspects of policing.
Policing Ethnography provides a platform for emerging research broadly related to narrative in policing, including applied work on occupational identity, accounts of police work, the nature of writing police ethnography, and the status of ethnography in wider debates about evidence and ‘what works’.