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Institutional racism, stop and search, and the 2011 riots

Pilkington, A. (2012) Institutional racism, stop and search, and the 2011 riots. Invited Presentation presented to: University of Bedfordshire Criminology Seminar Series, University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, 25 January 2012. (Unpublished)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Presentation)
Abstract: An analysis of the police use of stop and search since the Macpherson report indicates that combatting racism was prioritised for a short time but since 2001 has ceased to be a key priority. Disproportionality has increased; stop and search no longer needs to be based on grounds of reasonable suspicion; and stop and accounts which were subject to monitoring as a result of the Macpherson report do not now need to be monitored. While stop and search leads to few arrests, it clearly alienates young people from minority ethnic communities, and, as the reading the riots survey indicated, was one of the triggers for the riots in August 2011. In the light of this, it is high time that the police reflected on their routine practices which still remain indirectly discriminatory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV7551 Police. Detectives. Constabulary > HV8130 By region or country > HV8195 Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology > HM1176 Social influence. Social pressure > HM1271 Multiculturalism. Diversity. Toleration
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT1501 Races. Race relations
Creators: Pilkington, Andrew
Northamptonshire and East Midlands: Crime
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Social Sciences (to 2016)
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Applied Social Studies & Sociology
Date: 25 January 2012
Date Type: Presentation
Event Title: University of Bedfordshire Criminology Seminar Series
Event Dates: 25 January 2012
Event Location: University of Bedfordshire, Bedford
Event Type: Other
Language: English
Status: Unpublished
Refereed: No

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