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This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by JTPCRIM, 2021.
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This paper sets up and responds to a provocation: what would happen to our theories of policing if we were to dispense altogether with the concept of police culture? Using Latourian actor-network theory (ANT) as an entry point, the paper critically interrogates what counts as culture in a policing context to expose the epistemological, methodological and ontological fragilities at the heart of the concept. This prepares the ground for rethinking `the cultural’ as an effect of heterogeneous agencies and practices of policing (policing-networks), rather than an informal `layer’ of know-how/knowledge which informs the way policing is done. The paper concludes with a detailed discussion of ANT methodology to signal the difference a Latourian orientation can make to the research and analysis of `the cultural’.
Author(s): Campbell E
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology
Online publication date: 01/08/2021
Acceptance date: 07/07/2021
Date deposited: 30/08/2021
ISSN (electronic): 2166-8094