Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Racial Profiling

Hardcover | December 19, 2014

byJack Glaser

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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 aclear 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 nonconsciousstereotyping, 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 warprofiling. 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 andaccessible understanding of the primary cause of racial profiling, and to explore implications for policy.

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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 aclear understanding of how stereotypes, eve...

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...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 19, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. What is Racial Profiling?2. Racial Profiling Is Real3. Causes of Racial Profiling4. Unintentional Causes of Profiling: What's Under the Tip of the Attitude Iceberg?5. The Effects of Racial Profiling: Costs and Benefits6. Flying while Arab: Racial Profiling in Counterterrorism7. The Policy Landscape8. You Are Not a "Racist": Destigmatizing Stereotyping and Profiling