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Title: In Proportion
Authors: Waddington, P. A. J.
Stenson, Kevin
Don, David
Citation: British Journal of Criminology, 44(6): 889-914
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Journal: British Journal of Criminology
Issue Date: 2004
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/26160
DOI: doi:10.1093/bjc/azh042
Additional Links: http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/44/6/889
http://direct.bl.uk/bld/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=159896960
Abstract: This article examines the view, expressed authoritatively in the Macpherson report (1999), that racial disproportionality in police stop and search is attributable to officers selectively targeting minority groups. The research on which this article is based replicates Home Office research (Miller and MVA 2000) that profiled the population ‘available’ in public places to be stopped and searched. Using a combination of data sources, this article extends that research in two directions: first, by exploring the issue of visibility and how it has an impact upon decisions to stop and search; and, secondly, by investigating whether disproportionality might arise indirectly from the way in which police direct their efforts in relation to time, place and types of motor vehicle. Finally, we discuss the implications of this research for the concept of ‘institutional racism’.
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Police
UK
Stop and search
Criminology
Institutional racism
Racism
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
ISSN: 0007-0955
Appears in Collections: Policy Research Institute

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