Tillit i “särskilt utsatta områden” i Angered stadsdel: En fallstudie om den polisiära verksamheten i särskilt utsatta områden

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för globala studier

Författare: Nikol Kanavakis; [2021-08-05]

Nyckelord: Sweden; Gothenburg; trust; police; organisational culture; polarization;

Sammanfattning: During the past decades the world's democracies have slowly eroded by the process ofpolarization by reasons such as a lack of common ground which is increasing the perspectiveof us versus them. Digital media has overpowered traditional media, amplifying theinformation we are already taking in, creating a one-sided perspective with a higher risk ofmisinformation. Recently, the development of the Black Lives Matter movement during 2020in the United States increased the coverage of excessive force used by police in the UnitedStates as well as in Sweden. The perspectives shared in the media have had little to noneinformation about the Swedish police’s views, perspectives or ways of working.The purpose of this study is to examine the perspectives of equal treatment, trust and ways ofworking in areas that are particularly vulnerable in Sweden. This has been done qualitativelywith semi-structured interviews with police officers working in the community of Angered,Göteborg. The ways of which the Swedish police work in Angered are analyzed by usingsocial science theories such as social capital and organisational culture as well as the conceptof groups and definitions of trust.The results show that the experience that the police retain from working in these vulnerableareas enhances the understanding of the people and the complexity of the issues at hand.Since 2015 the internal organisation culture and the trust between colleagues has improved,making it easier to display trust and cooperation towards the citizens. Contextual factors suchas individual differences do however overall impact the relationship between police. Evenglobal conflict affects the local feeling of safety as the police describe it. Overall, the policeinterviewed have displayed a way or working that focuses on decreasing the polarizationbetween them and the people.

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