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The Blue-Coated Worker : A Sociological Study of Police Unionism - Robert Reiner

The Blue-Coated Worker

A Sociological Study of Police Unionism

Paperback Published: 6th November 1978
ISBN: 9780521294829
Number Of Pages: 308

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This 1978 book addresses the way in which police unions had become increasingly militant and formed a significant political force, demanding better pay and conditions and a say in social and penal policy. In this study, Robert Reiner considers the development of British police unionization, and the views of the police themselves towards unionism. Dr Reiner is able to relate these two issues to one another particularly insightfully as a result of his interviews with a sample of policemen in a large city force, which illustrate the policeman's world-view. The central contention of the book is that the police occupy a contradictory position in class structure. Economically they are employees who form unions to advance their interests like other workers, but their political role of preserving the social order imposes special inhibitions on the character of their unionism, and can alienate them from other trade unionists.

Introduction and Historical Background
Introduction to the study of police unionism
The history and structure of the Police Federation
Police Attitudes to Unionism
Policemen's evaluation of the Federation
Evaluation of specific Federation activities
Policemen's desire for unionism
The goals an institutionalisation of representation
the Federationists and the men
Attitudes to unionism outside the force
The Police as an Occupation
The background and initial orientation of policemen
Orientation to work
Police and outside society
Understanding police unionism a typology
Conclusions and implications of the study; Postscript and appendices
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521294829
ISBN-10: 0521294827
Series: Techniques of Measurement in Medicine
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 6th November 1978
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.45

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