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Ethnic Police Humor As Ethnic Boundary-Making In The Swedish Police Force

Journal article
Authors Sara Uhnoo
Published in Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 173-188
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Pages 173-188
Language en
Keywords audience degradation; discrimination; emotional labor; ethnic boundary-making; police humor
Subject categories Sociology, Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology), Criminology


All professions display their own specific humor shaped by the occupational culture, type of work, and working conditions defining them. In this article, the role of ethnic jokes and banter in police humor, including their functions and consequences, are investigated drawing upon interviews with Swedish police employees from an ethnic minority background. A typology is developed containing six distinct types of ethnic police humor. Based on it, some of the ways in which ethnic boundary-making occurs and operates within the Swedish police force are analyzed. The consequences of ethnic humor for police work both internally within the police organization and externally, in the daily work of police officers out on the street, are examined. Particular attention is paid to the police’s interactions with the public and, more in general, to the role of ethnic police humor in contributing to the production and reproduction of an ethnified social order.

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