Understanding Race and Crime by Colin Webster

By Colin Webster

  • Why are a few ethnic minorities linked to larger degrees of offending?
  • How can racist violence be defined?
  • Are the police and felony justice method racist?
  • Are the explanations for offending and victimization between ethnic minorities various from these between ethnic majorities?

realizing Race and Crime offers a accomplished and demanding advent to the debates and controversies approximately race, crime and legal justice. whereas targeting Britain and the United States, it additionally takes a broader overseas standpoint, with case reviews together with the historic legacy of lynching within the usa and racist kingdom crime within the Nazi and Rwandan genocides.

The ebook presents a conceptual framework during which racism, race and crime will be greater understood. It strains the old origins of the way puzzling over crime got here to be linked to racism and the way fears and anxieties approximately race and crime turn into rooted in areas destabilized through speedy social swap. The e-book questions no matter if race and ethnicity on my own are major sufficient elements to give an explanation for differing offending and victimization styles among ethnic groups.

concerns tested include:

  • Contact/conflict with the police
  • Public disease
  • Involvement with the legal justice system

knowing Race and Crime is key interpreting for college kids from various social technology disciplines and for a number of crime-related classes. it's also important to practitioners within the legal justice box and people drawn to realizing the problems in the back of debates on ‘race’ and crime.

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Linkon and Russo (2002) argue that the longer-term consequence of this vulnerability was an intensification of racial divisions in the Youngstown area, which by the 1990s was among the most segregated communities in the country. Between 1980 and 2000, Youngstown often had the highest per capita murder rate in the country, and white crime fears largely focused on drug-related crime largely in black neighbourhoods. However, organised crime and an extensive pattern of bribery and corruption among the city’s political leaders were more significant.

Many lost their homes, property values fell ‘precipitously’, and houses and city blocks were left empty. Most of the abandoned property was in the city, in neighbourhoods that had been populated mostly by African-Americans. Linkon and Russo (2002) argue that the longer-term consequence of this vulnerability was an intensification of racial divisions in the Youngstown area, which by the 1990s was among the most segregated communities in the country. Between 1980 and 2000, Youngstown often had the highest per capita murder rate in the country, and white crime fears largely focused on drug-related crime largely in black neighbourhoods.

The presence or proximity of black and minority ethnic people can exacerbate white fear of crime and lead to the belief among whites that they face a higher risk of becoming a victim of crime and that the perpetrator is likely to be of a different ethnicity. In Britain, Australia and the United States perceived high levels of urban crime are often believed to be synonymous with the presence of minorities (Webster 1997, 2003; Collins et al. 2000; Bowling and Phillips 2002; Poynting et al. 2004; Walker et al.

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