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Title: Theorizing police response to domestic violence in the Singaporean context: Police subculture revisited
Authors: Narayanan, G. 
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Narayanan, G. (2005). Theorizing police response to domestic violence in the Singaporean context: Police subculture revisited. Journal of Criminal Justice 33 (5) : 429-439. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This article focuses on the well documented, yet potentially contested concept of rank-and-file police subculture to conceptualize police response to situations of domestic violence in Singapore. It argues that the utility of the concept to explaining police behavior is often undermined by an all-powerful, homogenous, and deterministic conception of it that fails to take into account the value of agency in police decision-making and the range of differentiated police response in situations of domestic violence. Through reviewing the literature on police response to domestic violence, this study called for the need to rework the concept of police subculture by treating it as having a relationship with, and response to, the structural conditions of policing, while retaining a conception of the active role played by street-level officers in instituting a situational practice. Using Pierre Bourdieu's relational concepts of 'habitus' and 'field,' designating the cultural dispositions of police subculture and structural conditions of policing respectively, the study attempted to reconceptualize the problem of policing domestic violence with reference to the Singaporean context. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Criminal Justice
ISSN: 00472352
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2005.06.007
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