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Title: Catholic representation in policing Northern Ireland
Author: Gethins, Margaret Mary
ISNI:       0000 0001 3495 4556
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis examines two related aspects of police reform in the divided society of Northern Ireland: (i) the reasons for under-representation of Catholics in the Royal Ulster Constabulary and (ii) the likely success of a 50:50 Catholic:non-Catholic recruitment policy recommended by the Patten Commission in 1999 and implemented by the Police Service of Northern Ireland established to replace the RUC in 2001. In theoretical terms, the study seeks to assess how policing can be transformed from a neo-colonial model into a liberal model by police reform alone, and how far success is contingent upon social and political change. A historical analysis spanning 180 years (1822-2002) shows the inadequacy of the neo-colonial model in winning the support of the Catholic population. An eclectic approach draws upon research done in a variety of disciplines and in comparative contexts which give an overview of policing in other divided societies. Survey findings are presented from a random sample of Catholic officers whose profiles are compared with those of the Catholic community on selected biographical and attitudinal variables. The main data are presented qualitatively from in-depth interviews conducted with 70 Catholic police - retired, serving and trainees - whose service began in 1945. Contemporary sociological theory on the concepts of culture and identity are discussed in order to explain findings. The Conclusion includes suggestions aimed to assist in recruiting Catholics to the PSNI.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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