Police: Professional Identity and Social Representations in Brazil
The paper is based on a survey that was structured using the Theory of Social Representations- TSR. The empirical goal was to obtain, and to compare, the social representations that military and civil Brazilian polices make about their organizations, practices, professional performance and relationships with society. We also compare social representations that police officers create about themselves and the ones they believe society creates about them.
The design of the survey was a sample structured by spatial divisions, hierarchies, roles and sex, comparing both polices: the sample is compounded by 399 questionnaires for the civil police and more 1,181 answered by military police officers, both male and female. Also, we have done interviews and focus groups.
The analysis focuses on motivations for the choice of the profession; the pride of the profession; representations of fear, stress, uncertainty and risk arising from police work; and how all these symbols affects police organization and daily performance.