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Race, Crime and Resistance offers a thought-provoking account of the problematic construction of crimes as racialized. Critical, empirically grounded and theoretically informed, it unpicks the persistence of concepts of race and ethnicity in perceptions and representations of crime.
In a post-Macpherson, post-9/11 context, criminal justice agencies are having to adapt their responses to criminal behavior across diverse ethnic groups. This book draws on contemporary theory and a range of case studies to consider racial inequalities within the criminal justice system and related organizations. It explores the mechanisms of discrimination and exclusion, and the ensuing processes of mobilization and resistance.
Articulate and sensitive in its approach, the book offers a vital insight into the pressing topic of race, crime and criminality. It clarifies complex ideas through the use ...
Chapter 2: Crime Science?
Age-old notions of ‘black criminality’ have been debunked. Their racist assumptions and discriminatory agendas have been revealed by criminology and anti-racists. For example, we know that the muggings moral panic of 1970s and 1980s Britain was based on unreliable data and racial stereotypes delivered by an over-zealous media and manipulated by those in power for their own political purposes. Yet, the muggings legacy remains, in that young men of black African Caribbean descent, who were its folk devils (Cohen, 1973), are still the focus of heightened police attention. For example, UK stop and search figures from 2007/2008 show that there were 1,035,438 stop and searches, of which 13 per cent were Black people. This is an increase of nearly eight times more ...