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An innovative study of the real world of street policing and the gender issues which are a central part of this. Derived from extensive ethnographic research (involving police responses to gangland shootings, high speed car chases as well as more routine policing activities), this book examines the way police attitudes and beliefs combine to perpetuate a working culture which is dependent upon traditional conceptions of ""male"" and ""female"". In doing so it challenges previously held assumptions about the way women are harassed, manipulated and constrained, focusing rather on the more subtle impact of structures and norms within police culture.;This work should be of interest to all those concerned with questions of policing and gender, and occupational culture more generally, while the theoretical framework developed should provide an important foundation for strategies of reform. At the same time the book provides a picture of the realities of operational policing in contemporary Britain.