Violent Racism: Victimization, Policing and Social Context

Paperback | September 1, 1999

byBenjamin Bowling

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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 targetedat 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 depth. 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 theevents 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 politicsand beyond.

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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 targetedat these minorities, and the role that the id...

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.
Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198298781

ISBN - 13:9780198298786

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Table of Contents

PrefaceGeneral Editor's ForewordPart I: Context, Concepts and Method1. The Emergence of Violent Racism as a Public Issue2. Violent Racism and Policy Formulation (1981-1984)3. The Evolution of the Multi-agency Approach to Violent Racism4. Violence, Racism and Crime Surveys: Capturing the process of victimisationPart II: Racism, Violence and Policing in North Plaistow: an empirical study5. Racism and Victimization6. Policing Violent Racism in7. ConclusionsEpilogueAppendices

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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 everyoneshould be) concerned with racism and policing.'Labour Campaign for Criminal Justice, no 47, Aug 99