Using oral history to investigate police culture

Cockcroft, Tom orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7249-7285 (2005) Using oral history to investigate police culture. Qualitative Research, 5 (3). pp. 365-384. ISSN 1468-7941

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This article focuses upon the use of oral history methodology in relation to studying the work of the police and, particularly, the culture or cultures of the police. An overview of oral history is followed by a discussion of the application of such techniques to investigating police work. This, in turn, is followed by an assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of such methodological techniques when used in a piece of research which investigated the culture of the Metropolitan Police Force between the 1930s and 1960s.

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