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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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Race and Policing in Different Ecological Contexts

Race and Policing in Different Ecological Contexts

(p.118) Chapter 5 Race and Policing in Different Ecological Contexts
Race, Ethnicity, and Policing

Ronald Weitzer

NYU Press

This chapter outlines major empirical findings about race, ethnicity, and policing at the level of the individual and in contexts that include neighborhoods, cities, and nations. It pays particular attention to imperfections and inaccuracies in the manner in which the “Latino” or “Hispanic” experience has been explored, i.e. the tendency to mask differences such as national origin, immigrant versus native-born status, frames of reference regarding police conditioned by home country (e.g., benevolent or brutal), stratification, integration, and alienation. With regards to ecology, the chapter reviews evidence suggesting that place has at least as much of a role as individual-level characteristics in explaining public treatment by police. It also provides recommendations for the application of social disorganization theory, conflict theory, minority threat theory, and group position theory in the study of race, ethnicity, and policing.

Keywords:   race, ethnicity, policing, individual, Latino, Hispanic, national origin, native-born, ecology, police treatment

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