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No. 212, November 2017
 
10) Institutional myths and generational boundaries: cultural inertia in the police organisation
This article provides an account for ‘cultural inertia’ – a reluctance to adapt to changing environmental conditions – in policing, despite a time of considerable demographic, policy, and practical reform. Drawing on 100 interviews and observation data collected over the course of 18 months of field work in a police department of a medium-sized Canadian city, the author argue that the status quo is sustained by high-rank ‘old-school’ officers through a delicate balancing of both old and new cultural scripts and through the preservation of certain institutional myths. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10439463.2017.1371718