Suspect Race

Suspect Race : Causes and Consequences of Racial Profiling

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Until now, most discussion of racial profiling has given only fleeting consideration of its causes. Those causes are overwhelmingly psychological. In Suspect Race, social psychologist and public policy expert Jack Glaser leverages a century's worth of social psychological research to provide a clear understanding of how stereotypes, even those operating outside of conscious awareness or control, can cause police to make discriminatory judgments and decisions about who to suspect, stop, question, search, use force on, and arrest. Glaser argues that stereotyping, even nonconscious stereotyping, is a completely normal human mental process, but that it leads to undesirable discriminatory outcomes. Police officers are normal human beings with normal cognition. They are therefore influenced by racial stereotypes that have long connected minorities with aggression and crime. Efforts to merely prohibit racial profiling are inadequate. Additionally, Glaser finds evidence that racial profiling can actually increase crime, and he considers the implications for racial profiling in counterterrorism, finding some similarities and some interesting differences with drug war profiling. Finally, he examines the policy landscape on which racial profiling resides and calls for improved data collection and supervision, reduced discretion, and increased accountability. Drawing on criminology, history, psychological science, and legal and policy analysis, Glaser offers a broad and deep assessment of the causes and consequence of racial profiling. Suspect Race brings to bear the vast scientific literature on intergroup stereotyping to offer the first in-depth and accessible understanding of the primary cause of racial profiling, and to explore implications for more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195370406
  • 9780195370409
  • 1,645,685

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"This is a book that should be read by all police officers, lawyers, judges, politicians, policy makers, advocates, and others involved in the criminal justice system. It will also be of interest to researchers and students in social psychology, ethnic studies, criminal justice, and sociology, as well as anyone who cares about decreasing crime or reducing civil rights violations. There is something in it for everyone." --PsycCRITIQUES"Jack Glaser provides one of the most research-based and accessible overviews of what experienced psychologists and policy analysts know about various aspects of contemporary racial profiling in the United States." --Joe Feagin, Texas A&M Universityshow more

About Jack Glaser

Jack Glaser is a professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD in Psychology from Yale University in 1998. He conducts research on stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination, examining phenomena ranging from unconscious thoughts, feelings, and motives, to discriminatory behaviors like racial profiling, to extreme manifestations like hate more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: What is Racial Profiling? ; Chapter 2: Racial Profiling Is Real ; Chapter 3: Causes of Racial Profiling ; Chapter 4: Unintentional Causes of Profiling: What's Under the Tip of the Attitude Iceberg? ; Chapter 5: The Effects of Racial Profiling: Costs and Benefits ; Chapter 6: Flying while Arab: Racial Profiling in Counterterrorism ; Chapter 7: The Policy Landscape ; Chapter 8: You Are Not a "Racist": Destigmatizing Stereotyping and Profilingshow more

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