Der NSU und ich? Eine Narrativanalyse zur Konstruktion polizeilicher Identität angesichts des NSU-Komplexes

Im Zusammenhang mit dem Umgang mit dem NSU-Komplex wird die Verstrickung der Polizei in rassistische Strukturen immer deutlicher. Die Soziale Identitätstheorie (SIT) postuliert, dass diese Verstrickung den Erhalt einer positiven polizeilichen Identität gefährdet und dass Polizeibeamte als Reaktion d...

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Published in:CCS Working Papers (Band 24)
Main Author: Schmalen, Barbara
Format: Article
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2021
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Table of Contents: In the context of dealing with the NSU complex, the police's involvement in racist structures is becoming increasingly clear. Social Identity Theory (SIT) posits that this entanglement jeopardizes the preservation of a positive police identity, and that, in response to this, police officers use identity management strategies to reconcile the handling of NSU crimes by law enforcement with their identity. This paper examines how this reconciliation is implemented narratively. The analysis of five narrative interviews shows that the personal stories of police officers primarily rely on the master narrative of the security authorities on the NSU complex and that a police-specific NSU narrative seems absent. Nevertheless, fragments of the counter narratives of the victims of the NSU complex also find their way into the reality of the police officers' lives. However, these are integrated by means of narrative strategies of depoliticization, individualization, and color-blind racism, possibly to keep up a positive and consistent police image. However, a culture of error management within the police nonetheless emerges through engagement with the narratives of the victims of the NSU complex.