A sociological imagination: Simon Holdaway, police research pioneer

Authors: Heslop, R.

Start date: 14 November 2012

Place of Publication: Police Practice & Research: an international journal

This essay examines the career of leading British sociologist and policing scholar, Professor Simon Holdaway; who in the 1970s, whilst then serving as a Sergeant in the London Metropolitan Police Service, conducted one of the most ground-breaking (covert) ethnographic studies of police work ever undertaken. The article makes the case that along with the likes of Michael Banton and William Westley, Holdaway is a police research pioneer and draws on interviews with him as well as a review of his body of scholarship spanning nearly 40 years.

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Authors: Heslop, R.

Journal: Police Practice and Research

Volume: 13

Issue: 6

Pages: 525-538

eISSN: 1477-271X

ISSN: 1561-4263

DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2012.695556

This essay examines the career of leading British sociologist and policing scholar, Professor Simon Holdaway; who in the 1970s, whilst then serving as a Sergeant in the London Metropolitan Police Service, conducted one of the most ground-breaking (covert) ethnographic studies of police work ever undertaken. The article makes the case that along with the likes of Michael Banton and William Westley, Holdaway is a police research pioneer and draws on interviews with him as well as a review of his body of scholarship spanning nearly 40 years. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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