In the Sticks: Cultural Identity in a Rural Police Force by Malcolm YoungIn the Sticks: Cultural Identity in a Rural Police Force by Malcolm Young

In the Sticks: Cultural Identity in a Rural Police Force

byMalcolm Young

Hardcover | February 1, 1994

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After twenty-five years police service on urban Tyneside, the author-a social anthropologist-transferred, on promotion as Superintendent, to West Mercia Constabulary. The arrival of this 'import' coincided with monetarist demands for efficiency and effectiveness, a political thrust which camehard up against rural ideas of hierarchy, paternalism, and a cultural belief that denied validity to outsiders - such as those in the adjacent West Midlands Police. Detailing the way West Mercia operated and justified some bizarre practices, the ethnography shows how cultural identity was definedand deployed on a daily basis and explores the diverse and rich cultural baggage the rural world sustained even in the face of intense calls for the management of change. Reflecting on the lack of financial control he found, the author links all this to the racism he observed-to a xenophobic meansof maintaining social boundaries, defending edgy environments and preserving a semi-closed culture from the intrusions of outsiders.
Malcolm Young is a retired Police Superintendent
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Title:In the Sticks: Cultural Identity in a Rural Police ForceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:322 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:February 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198762895

ISBN - 13:9780198762898

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`Excellent book ... It is a well written, and a well organized work, showing that rare, if not unique combination, of the skills of a trained police detective turned anthropologist and ethnographer ... It should be compulsory reading for all police officers. This account of a police world bya doctor of anthropology who was also a superintendent of police has much to offer the student, the practitioner, and the general reader, but above all to the leaders of the police service, and their political accomplices.'British Journal of Criminology