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dc.contributor.authorSowatey, EA
dc.contributor.authorTankebe, J
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-08T06:29:24Z
dc.date.available2018-09-08T06:29:24Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn1748-8958
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/279756
dc.description.abstract<jats:p> Much of our methodological insights from researching policing in sub-Saharan Africa comes from studies of frontline officers. Consequently, many important methodological questions about research on senior police officers remain unanswered. This article addresses this gap by drawing on insights from interviewing senior officers in Ghana. It focuses on the challenges and opportunities in negotiating access, establishing trust during interviews and dealing with ethical dilemmas. We highlight the role of informal social networks and cultural practices of surprise visits, what we have termed strategic ambush, in securing formal approval for our research. However, this represented mere or putative access for which deference towards institutional gatekeepers was key to its actualization. Deference towards officers and extensive knowledge of the policing environment helped to put the senior officers at ease, and enhanced the chances of a successful interview. Finally, we offer reflections on our responses to unexpected ethical dilemmas that we faced in the field. </jats:p>
dc.description.sponsorshipNone
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.titleDoing research with police elites in Ghana
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage553
prism.issueIdentifier5
prism.publicationDate2019
prism.publicationNameCriminology and Criminal Justice
prism.startingPage537
prism.volume19
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.27126
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-05-31
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1177/1748895818787022
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-11-01
dc.contributor.orcidTankebe, Justice [0000-0002-6819-445X]
dc.identifier.eissn1748-8966
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2018-07-17
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-01-01


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