Women’s Motivations for Becoming a Police Officer: A Chinese case study on women in policing

Anqi Shen*

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This article presents a qualitative study that examines the reasons why women want to be a police officer in the mainland of the People’s Republic of China. It aims to explore females’ entry into the police organisation, policewomen’s occupational roles and positions, the perceived nature of policing and, to a lesser extent, local police culture. The article argues that China does not need a creative strategy to attract females to join the police. Instead, if structural changes are not possible for now, it needs to change mindset, to scrap the quota that restricts women’s entry and allow female officers more choices and to be more actively engaged in mainstream policing if they so wish. Through the case study, the article accentuates variations in different social environments in comparative criminal justice studies and gender policing in particular. It thus also promotes Southern criminology and Southern Theory for contributions in knowledge production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalWomen and Criminal Justice
Early online date19 Apr 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Apr 2022


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