Austerity policing, emotional labour and the boundaries of police work: an ethnography of a police force control room in England
journal contributionposted on 04.08.2017, 13:20 authored by Karen Lumsden, Alex Black
This article discusses the changing role of policing in an era of austerity from the perspective of frontline civilian police staff (call handlers and dispatchers) in a force control room (FCR). It draws on a symbolic interactionist framework and the concept of emotional labour (Hochschild 1979; 1983) in order to explore the emotional responses and strategies engaged in by staff when responding to 101 non-emergency calls and 999 emergency calls. The clash of public and police expectations, and the emotional labour expended when managing this clash, provide a valuable insight into the frontline staff perspective on the changing role of the police under austerity. Data is drawn from ethnographic fieldwork in the control room of a police force in England.
The study was funded via a College of Policing / HEFCE Policing Knowledge Fund (Grant No. J04).
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