Race and Policing in America: Conflict and Reform

Race and Policing in America: Conflict and Reform

by Ronald Weitzer, Steven A. Tuch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521851521

ISBN-13: 9780521851527

Pub. Date: 04/30/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Race and Policing in America is about relations between police and citizens, with a focus on racial differences. It utilizes both the authors' own research and other studies to examine Americans' opinions, preferences, and personal experiences regarding the police. Guided by group-position theory and using both existing studies and the authors' own quantitative and

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Race and Policing in America is about relations between police and citizens, with a focus on racial differences. It utilizes both the authors' own research and other studies to examine Americans' opinions, preferences, and personal experiences regarding the police. Guided by group-position theory and using both existing studies and the authors' own quantitative and qualitative data (from a nationally representative survey of whites, blacks, and Hispanics), this book examines the roles of personal experience, knowledge of others' experiences (vicarious experience), mass media reporting on the police, and neighborhood conditions (including crime and socioeconomic disadvantage) in structuring citizen views in four major areas: overall satisfaction with police in one's city and neighborhood, perceptions of several types of police misconduct, perceptions of police racial bias and discrimination, and evaluations of and support for a large number of reforms in policing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521851527
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Criminology Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresix
Acknowledgementsxi
1Police-Minority Relations in America1
The Nature of Police Work3
Race, Policing, and Public Opinion5
Theoretical Issues7
Key Policing Issues25
Overview of the Book38
2Police Misconduct39
Overall Satisfaction with the Police39
Police Misconduct45
Perceptions and Experiences of Misconduct50
What Shapes Views of Misconduct?58
Observations of Misconduct65
Conclusion70
3Racially Biased Policing74
Perceptions and Experiences of Racially Biased Policing78
Explaining Citizen Views of Racialized Policing89
Is Officers' Race Important?95
Conclusion119
4Reforming the Police124
Major Types of Reform126
Popular Support for Reform139
What Influences Reform Preferences?152
What Other Reforms are Desired?161
Conclusion173
5Conclusion: The Continuing Racial Divide178
AppendixData and Methods191
References205
Index221

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