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Stephen K. Rice and Michael D. White

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776155

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776155.001.0001

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Revisiting the Role of Latinos and Immigrants in Police Research

Revisiting the Role of Latinos and Immigrants in Police Research

(p.435) Chapter 18 Revisiting the Role of Latinos and Immigrants in Police Research
Race, Ethnicity, and Policing

Ramiro Martínez Jr.

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes the relationship between understudied populations and the police by discussing the relative lack of research on Latinos and policing. This dearth of research is surprising given that Latinos have become the largest racial/ethnic minority group in the United States. The chapter outlines areas for study including the impact of raids on businesses in search of “illegal” immigrants; the potential roles of concentrated disadvantage, legal cynicism, history, culture, demography, and intraethnic variation on police–Latino interactions; and, harking to the Los Angeles “zoot suit” riots of 1943, whether there has been evidence of differential enforcement of the law across major categories of race and ethnicity.

Keywords:   understudied populations, police, Latinos, policing, race, ethnicity, criminal justice scholarship, symbolic assailants, racial minority group, police interactions, Latino interactions

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