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Black Police Associations An Analysis of Race and Ethnicity Within Constabularies (Clarendon Studies in Criminology)

Black Police Associations An Analysis of Race and Ethnicity Within Constabularies (Clarendon Studies in Criminology)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780199573448
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Release Date: Jan 09, 2010
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 8.6 inches

Overview

Black Police Associations is based on Professor Holdaway's two-year ESRC funded project Black Police Associations (BPAs) in the UK. This project built upon the theoretical and evidential foundations of his previous work to analyze the new phenomenon of Black Police Associations established in the majority of constabularies in England and Wales. The author takes a sociological and theoretical approach to the subject, in contrast to current criminology which is more evaluative and policy oriented. The analysis is underpinned with the notion that race and ethnicity are socially constructed: the book describes and analyzes how race and ethnicity are constructed and sustained within constabularies and how they have changed during the last two decades, providing students, researchers and academics with a sociological perspective on understanding race within criminal justice institutions.

Black Police Associations covers the history of BPAs; the construction and consequences of the notion of 'black' as a political emblem within constabularies; the work and influence of BPAs (nationally and within constabularies); post-McPherson policing; new forms of racism within constabularies; ethnic identities amongst ethnic minority police officers and BPAs, and the occupational culture. By analyzing the work of BPAs within constabularies, the author posits a number of implications for change within the management of constabularies.

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