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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Burger, Brian
Email brian@lytteltonmethodist.org.za
URN etd-04032009-093002
Document 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
Degree PhD
Department Practical Theology
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof J C Müller Supervisor
Keywords
  • South Africa
  • postfoundationalism
  • social constructionism
  • narrative
  • practical theology
Date 2009-04-18
Availability unrestricted
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.

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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://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-04032009-093002/>

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