Violent Racism

Violent Racism : Victimization, Policing and Social Context

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This fascinating book documents the everyday abuse, assault, and intimidation that is suffered by black and Asian people in Great Britain every day, using information gathered in an East London London case study. The author explains and analyses the process through which violence is targeted at these minorities, and the role that the ideas and language of racial exclusion take in this process. The failure of the police to respond to this problem is then looked at in

This book is based on detailed analysis of official documents, a victimization survey, interviews, and direct observation, seen in the overall context of the history of race relations in Britain. The author describes many of the thousands of racist attacks that have occurred in recent years and the events in the last two decades that have shaped English racism, and the political response to it.

In this paperback edition Ben Bowling's Preface examines the racist murder of the black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, whose killing in cold blood on an ordinary English street in April 1993 did not hit the headlines until February 1999, causing reverberations across the whole body of British politics and beyond.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 22mm | 498g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0198298781
  • 9780198298786
  • 1,225,158

Table of contents

Preface ; General Editor's Foreword ; PART I: CONTEXT, CONCEPTS AND METHOD ; 1. The Emergence of Violent Racism as a Public Issue ; 2. Violent Racism and Policy Formulation (1981-1984) ; 3. The Evolution of the Multi-agency Approach to Violent Racism ; 4. Violence, Racism and Crime Surveys: Capturing the process of victimisation ; PART II: RACISM, VIOLENCE AND POLICING IN NORTH PLAISTOW: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY ; 5. Racism and Victimization ; 6. Policing Violent Racism in ; 7. Conclusions ; Epilogue ; Appendices
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This is a comprehensive, well laid out, state of the art, survey of the police response to violent racist behaviour, set in context of the history and sociological literature of racism and policing in this country ... This brilliant study will become an essential text for anyone (and everyone should be) concerned with racism and policing. * Labour Campaign for Criminal Justice, no 47, Aug 99 * a most excellent contribution to scholarship ... the editors of the Clarendon Studies in Criminology ... are rapidly establishing this series as pre-eminent in criminology. * P.A.J. Waddington, Brit. Jnl. of Criminology, Vol.40, No.3., 2000. * His grasp of the subtle complexities of the issues posed by this topic are evident in the central theme that informs much of the analysis. * P.A.J. Waddington, Brit. Jnl. of Criminology, Vol.40, No.3., 2000. * What is particularly admirable about this most admirable of contributions to the literature on racism, is that Bowling succeeds in balancing commitment with scholarship. He eschews misleading simplification in favour of recognizing and seeking to understand the subtle complexities of the subject. * P.A.J. Waddington, Brit. Jnl. of Criminology, Vol.40, No.3., 2000. * ... undoubtedly the most rigorous and searching study of its kind, while also being readable and accessible. * Criminal Justice 1 (2) (no date) *
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About Benjamin Bowling

Benjamin Bowling is a lecturer in Law at King's College London. He gained his doctorate from the London School of Economics whilst working as a senior research fellow in the Home Office. He was then a visiting professor at John Jay College, City University of New York.
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