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In and Out of the Norm: Experiences of Non-Heterosexual Police Officers in their Workplaces in Germany

Giessler, Cristin-Lena LU (2012) SIMV19 20121
Graduate School
Abstract
This thesis focuses on non-heterosexual police officers’ experiences in their workplaces in Germany. It is based on seven semi-structured interviews with non-heterosexual police officers from different branches of the police force and two different federal states. Thereby the main focus lies on the different attitudes the participants encounter in their workplaces and furthermore how they deal with these kinds of attitudes. Analysis and interpretation of their experiences are informed by theories of organizational culture, gender, power, othering and sexual identity.
Encountered attitudes thereby range from those of discrimination, to the experience of support from colleagues and superiors. The ways in which participants deal with the... (More)
This thesis focuses on non-heterosexual police officers’ experiences in their workplaces in Germany. It is based on seven semi-structured interviews with non-heterosexual police officers from different branches of the police force and two different federal states. Thereby the main focus lies on the different attitudes the participants encounter in their workplaces and furthermore how they deal with these kinds of attitudes. Analysis and interpretation of their experiences are informed by theories of organizational culture, gender, power, othering and sexual identity.
Encountered attitudes thereby range from those of discrimination, to the experience of support from colleagues and superiors. The ways in which participants deal with the negative attitudes towards them, are described as taking a confrontative or a passive stance. It is suggested that the heteronormative character, hierarchical power structures, and hegemonic masculine domination of the occupational site of the police force make it difficult for non-normative sexualities within the organization. (Less)
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author
Giessler, Cristin-Lena LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMV19 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
language
English
id
3046951
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2012-09-04 11:21:14
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  abstract     = {This thesis focuses on non-heterosexual police officers’ experiences in their workplaces in Germany. It is based on seven semi-structured interviews with non-heterosexual police officers from different branches of the police force and two different federal states. Thereby the main focus lies on the different attitudes the participants encounter in their workplaces and furthermore how they deal with these kinds of attitudes. Analysis and interpretation of their experiences are informed by theories of organizational culture, gender, power, othering and sexual identity.
Encountered attitudes thereby range from those of discrimination, to the experience of support from colleagues and superiors. The ways in which participants deal with the negative attitudes towards them, are described as taking a confrontative or a passive stance. It is suggested that the heteronormative character, hierarchical power structures, and hegemonic masculine domination of the occupational site of the police force make it difficult for non-normative sexualities within the organization.},
  author       = {Giessler, Cristin-Lena},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {In and Out of the Norm: Experiences of Non-Heterosexual Police Officers in their Workplaces in Germany},
  year         = {2012},
}