Exploring narratives of white male police officers serving in the South African police services in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands area under a new constitution : a practical theological journey

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dc.contributor.advisor Muller, Julian C. en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Burger, Brian en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-06T15:51:02Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-28 en
dc.date.available 2013-09-06T15:51:02Z
dc.date.created 2009-04-18 en
dc.date.issued 2009-04-28 en
dc.date.submitted 2009-04-03 en
dc.description Thesis (PhD)--University of Pretoria, 2009. en
dc.description.abstract A new constitution in South Africa necessitated a change in policing practices from an abusive, para-military style to a community-based structure. Such changes had its challenges, which were partially addressed through new policies that affected all police officials. White, male police officers in middle-management, who were once central in the police, were increasingly being sidelined. This research describes the experiences of three police officers in the Kwazulu-Natal midlands. It was conducted using a narrative approach, working within a social constructionist and a postfoundationalist paradigm. This meant that their stories were listened to within the wider context described through media reports. The discourses shaping their ideas were explored and compared to the experiences of police members of other races. Comments from other police officers were brought into the conversation alongside the insights of other disciplines and research done by others, including criminology, business, politics, social sciences and theology. The participants wrestled with how faith in God could assist them in dealing with the challenges they were faced with. This journey also contributes to a wider audience beyond our local context. en
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dc.description.department Practical Theology en
dc.identifier.citation Burger, B 2008, Exploring narratives of white male police officers serving in the South African police services in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands area under a new constitution : a practical theological journey, PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://hdl.handle.net/2263/23736 > en
dc.identifier.other D581/ag en
dc.identifier.upetdurl http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-04032009-093002/ en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/23736
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © University of Pretoria 2008 en
dc.subject South africa en
dc.subject Postfoundationalism en
dc.subject Social constructionism en
dc.subject Narrative en
dc.subject Practical theology en
dc.subject UCTD en_US
dc.title Exploring narratives of white male police officers serving in the South African police services in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands area under a new constitution : a practical theological journey en
dc.type Thesis en


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