This case study focuses on an ethnography conducted in a police closed-circuit television control room, undertaken in order to explore the ways in which gender stereotypes inform the thoughts and actions of closed-circuit television control room operators and thus the co-constructions of crime/deviance and sex/gender that result. How access was negotiated, including discussion of both informal and formal routes, is described, as is the research field: the police closed-circuit television control room setting. The research itself is then presented. Considered are introductions, participants, the researcher role and non-participants, particularly in respect of ethical issues around consent and interactions. The practicalities of undertaking ethnographic fieldwork, the actual methods, are then examined, as is the data generated. Finally, some conclusions and reflections on the appropriateness of the method for answering the research question are offered.
A Police Closed-Circuit Television Control Room Ethnography: Exploring How Gender Stereotypes Inform Closed-Circuit Television Operators' Thoughts and Actions