Publisher description for Race and policing in America : conflict and reform / Ronald Weitzer, Steven A. Tuch.


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Race and Policing in America is about relations between police and citizens, with a focus on racial differences. It utilizes both the authors' own research and other studies to examine Americans' opinions, preferences, and personal experiences regarding the police. Guided by group-position theory and using both existing studies and the authors' own quantitative and qualitative data (from a nationally representative survey of whites, blacks, and Hispanics), this book examines the roles of personal experience, knowledge of others' experiences (vicarious experience), mass media reporting on the police, and neighborhood conditions (including crime and socioeconomic disadvantage) in structuring citizen views in four major areas: overall satisfaction with police in one's city and neighborhood, perceptions of several types of police misconduct, perceptions of police racial bias and discrimination, and evaluations of and support for a large number of reforms in policing.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Police -- United States -- Public opinion.
Minorities -- United States -- Attitudes.
Police-community relations -- United States.
Discrimination in law enforcement -- United States.
Racism -- United States.
Police misconduct -- United States.