A STUDY IN SHERLOCK: A monograph on the integration of policing ideology on modern culture with emphasis on the Victorian era.

Open Access
Braun, Stacey Elizabeth
Area of Honors:
Letters, Arts, and Sciences (Abington)
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Sean Patrick Griffin, Thesis Supervisor
  • Andrew Gregory August, Honors Advisor
  • Carla Chamberlin Quinlisk, Faculty Reader
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Sir John Fielding
  • Robert Peel
  • policing ideology
  • CSI
The popular fiction of Sherlock Holmes exemplifies different theologies that police, both past and present, exhibit in their ideology today. By looking into the theology of Sir John Fielding, and the Sherlock Holmes series (as told by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), one can see a progression of the original reformer’s (Fielding's) philosophy as well as the progression of acceptance of this ideology as it is integrated with popular culture. By looking into the early 18th century ideas of Fielding, as well as the Victorian era consulting detective, one can see an acceptance by the general public of a more structured police organization as well as the first deemed revolutionary policing tactics now used in crime scenes today.