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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 4: Policing Racism or Policing Race?
Policing Racism or Policing Race?
The troubled relationship between the police and the black and minority ethnic population has a much longer history than any state or criminal justice agency would ever want to admit. However, it was only really from the 1960s onwards, with reports of the police going ‘nigger hunting’ (Hunte, 1966, cited in Bowling and Phillips, 2002: 8), that serious recognition was given to the culture of racism that existed in the police. The racially discriminatory behaviour of the police and the impact of this on their policing role and status of legitimacy was widely documented by criminologists (Holdaway, 1983; Lambert, 1970; Smith and Gray, 1985), whose studies highlighted the various ways in which the police, as individual ...