Police culture, Gender and Crime in the Irish Free State.

Tony Keating

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Sexual crime in the Irish Free State was more than an issue of law, it carried ideological importance in a nation that legitimized itself as a beacon of Celtic Catholicism whilst struggling to maintain credibility in a contested post-colonial landscape. The nation’s police force, An Garda Síochána, had a central role in preserving the nation’s reputation for piety. This chapter explores the views of two of An Garda Síochána’s most senior officers regarding female sexuality and sexual crime; features that were to influence the level of protection and justice Ireland’s women and children were afforded under law.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Criminology: Spatial Analysis and Regional Issues (Advances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice)
EditorsLiam Leonard
PublisherBingley: Emerald
ISBN (Print)978-1-78743378-6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice


  • Police culture
  • gender
  • crime
  • Irish Free State
  • rape
  • violence
  • power.


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