ERIC Number: EJ1075770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Rules of Engagement as Survival Consciousness: Gay Male Law Enforcement Officers' Experiential Learning in a Masculinized Industry
Collins, Joshua C.; Rocco, Tonette S.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v65 n4 p295-312 Nov 2015
Gay men face decisions associated with disclosure, the process of coming out as gay, when and if to disclose, and how much information. These decisions carry more weight in masculinized industries such as law enforcement. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to critically explore gay male law enforcement officers' experiences working in a masculinized industry. A critical interpretation process revealed that gay male law enforcement officers learn tacit and informal "rules of engagement," which are enacted as a form of survival consciousness to cope in an industry that is continually hostile toward gay identity.
Descriptors: Police, Males, Homosexuality, Experiential Learning, Masculinity, Behavior Standards, Social Behavior, Coping, Phenomenology, Work Experience, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Anxiety, Adult Education, Semi Structured Interviews
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida