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I have decided to base my topic upon police and stereo typing, and whether they treat ethnic minorities differently to white people.

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RATIONALE I have decided to base my topic upon police and stereo typing, and whether they treat ethnic minorities differently to white people. The police force's relationship with ethnic minorities are said to be very shaky, and at times reach boiling point. The metropolitan police force has had accusations of institutionalised racism, especially with cases such as Stephen Lawrence. I, however, live in a southern city were such accusations are not as widespread, this could partly be due to rumours that the media covers them up. My aim is to investigate whether specific groups of ethnic minorities feel as if they are being treated differently by the police than white people, and if so to what degree. I will be talking to 16 - 26 year olds as my target audience. I intend to use questionnaires to conduct my research. I am hoping that patterns will emerge so that results can be compared and distinguished. My goal will have been met once I have discovered if different ethnic groups perceive that the police treat them differently. CONTEXT There is a lot of work and evidence, both written and oral, linked to my topic of ethnic groups and their perception of police behaviour. For many critics this is linked to the concept of institutional racism. Carmichael and Hamilton in 1968 described institutional racism as covert, Robert Blauner agreed and saw it as dwelling in 'the actual existence of domination and hierarchy'. A definition of institutional racism can be drawn from the MacPherson report of 1999 which was investigating the murder of a black youth from south London called Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed by a gang of white youths. As well as investigating the murder itself, the Metropolitan police were also investigated for accusations of 'Institutionalised Racism' as they both lost evidence and failed in itself to prosecute any defendants despite the amount of good and reliable evidence. ...read more.


This sample included five (5) Afro-Caribbean's, five (5) Asian and five (5) White males who were all aged between seventeen (17) and twenty six (26). I will present a breakdown of each individual question before going in depth for ethnic grouping and possibly referring to individual cases. Primarily I asked for the participant's age, this was merely an introductory question whilst hopefully gaining some knowledge of their possible background and experiences. I discovered that six (6) people were in the seventeen (17) to eighteen (18) category. Eight (8) people were in the nineteen (19) to twenty (20) category. Only one (1) person that completed the questionnaire was in the twenty-one+ (21) category. The second question posed to participants regarded their ethnicity. The question simply asked for a definition of their ethnicity. Five (5) defined themselves as of Asian ethnicity. Another five (5) stated a White ethnicity, finally, another five (5) called themselves Afro-Caribbean. I then asked for a response on the topic of religion and whether they believed in any particular religion. Five (5) respondents followed the path of Islam. Two (2) participants regarded themselves as Hindu. Three (3) more believed in Christianity with One (1) additional person clarifying themselves as Catholic. The remaining four did not follow any religion; these can then be clarified as Atheist. I then proceeded to ask which area of the city people lived in. A varied response from everybody was received ranging from one side of the city to the other side. In order to combat this I then split the answers into sub divisions of distance from the city centre. Four (4) people lived within One (1) to Five (5) miles of the city centre. A further Two (2) people lived within Six (6) to Ten (10) miles. Another group of Four (4) lived within Ten (10) to Fifteen (15) miles. I found, through my responses, that only Two (2) ...read more.


If the research was to be re-conducted and magnified on a much larger scale this problem, I feel, would also increase in turn. Such problems lead to the validity, or sincerity, of the methods used in obtaining the qualitative data. In accordance to my study, I feel that the sincerity of those who have completed the questionnaires maybe scrutinized, even with just one person untruthfully filling out the questionnaire can completely throw the results, if this study was again to be magnified it would be relatively impossible to discover whether the respondents were lying on the questionnaire, even if the researcher was present it would still be near impossible to discover if the respondent was lying. If I was to have used interviews over questionnaires, I may have obtained more detail that could have been better studied. However, as with other methods, it would have been impossible to tell if the respondent is lying to the interviewer. The question of racism and people and, possibly, their upbringing could be a question that may need to be answered first, through this a better cross section of society will be available to the researcher. My evidence, however, did discover that Afro-Caribbean youths were the most likely, out of the three ethnic groups, most likely to be stopped. Asian youths then followed but, in this instance, the reasons for them being stopped is highly debated as it may be seen as imperative that they actually be stopped in the first instance so as to stop them from, possibly committing a crime in the near future, assumption entirely based on my findings, but then again this may not happen. White youths, for any reason, were the least stopped. As said above I do not wish to substantiate and rush an uninformed decision, with a larger project I would be able to. "Sociology for A-S" Moore, Aiken And Chapman "Sociology for A2" Moore, Aiken And Chapman http://www.the-times.co.uk http://www.guardian.co.uk http://www.sociology.org http://www.sociolog.com http://www.sosig.ac.uk/sociology/ 1 ...read more.

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