• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  13. 13
  14. 14
  15. 15

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Sociological Differentiation & Stratification section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Sociological Differentiation & Stratification essays

  1. Demography topic revision notes. The study of populations and their characteristics is called ...

    These reasons involve a range of social, economic, cultural, legal, political and technological factors. 1. Changes in the position of women There were major changes in the position of women during the 20th century. These include: * Legal equality with men, including the right to vote.

  2. Following the publication of the Macpherson Report, the police service has been accused of ...

    Another factor, which led the opinions of minority ethnic citizens of the police to become additionally hostile, is the ever advancing statistical and research evidence of racism within the police force. In 1978 Stuart Hall et al showed most clearly how, largely on the basis of pre-existing stereotypes minority ethnic people (in particular black people)

  1. Assess the view that children from ethnic minorities under-achieve in education because of discrimination ...

    Overall, West Indians are underachievers. Asians show average patterns, although Bangladeshis seriously underachieve. The danger here is that teachers form stereotypical views of these groups. All of this discrimination would consequently lead to a poorer education and worse exam results than others.

  2. Is the Underachievement of Ethnic Minority Children due to a Racist School System?

    Therefore a pilot study will not really help me as in the real interviews I hope that the conversion will just flow. Also I feel that it will be very hard to find someone to try a pilot study on as it has been rather hard trying to set up the real interviews.

  1. Hong Kong Wealth Gap

    gap between the rich and the poor worsened in the 10-year period up to 2006. The result showed the number of families spending less than 4,000 dollars a month increased from 6.7 per cent to 9.2 per cent in that period.


    Aversion therapy used to treat an alcoholic would follow this procedure: * the patient is given a drug that makes him feel very sick. The drug is the unconditioned stimulus and the sickness is the unconditioned response. * the patient is then given alcohol and the drug at the same time, so alcohol and feeling sick are paired together.

  1. Outline and Assess Whether stratification is either inevitable or beneficial to individuals and society?

    Davis and Moore replied to this criticism and said that these motives are usually pretty weak. Marxists are conflict theorists who believe that stratification is the cause of conflict and tension within society. This is the total opposite view of the functionalists who believe it is a good and positive thing.

  2. Explain and evaluate how males are socialised into traditional masculinities.

    This is supported by the work of Parson?s who argued that the useful division of Labour occurs within the nuclear family in which men and women take on roles they are systematically biologically suited to. Men take on the? instrumental role, ?which takes them outside the home to portray physical labour and be renounced as breadwinners.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work