Race, Ethnicity, and Policing

New and Essential Readings

542 pages

March, 2010

ISBN: 9780814776155



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Stephen K. Rice is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Seattle University. He is lead editor of Race, Ethnicity and Policing: New and Essential Readings. His scholarship has also appeared in outlets to include Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

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Michael D. White is Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University and the Associate Director of ASU’s Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety. His publications include Jammed Up: Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department.

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From Rodney King and “driving while black” to claims of targeting of undocumented Latino immigrants, relationships surrounding race, ethnicity, and the police have faced great challenge. Race, Ethnicity, and Policing includes both classic pieces and original essays that provide the reader with a comprehensive, even-handed sense of the theoretical underpinnings, methodological challenges, and existing research necessary to understand the problems associated with racial and ethnic profiling and police bias. This path-breaking volume affords a holistic approach to the topic, guiding readers through the complexity of these issues, making clear the ecological and political contexts that surround them, and laying the groundwork for future discussions. The seminal and forward-thinking twenty-two essays clearly illustrate that equitable treatment of citizens across racial and ethnic groups by police is one of the most critical components of a successful democracy, and that it is only when agents of social control are viewed as efficient, effective, and legitimate that citizens will comply with the laws that govern their society. The book includes an introduction by Robin S. Engel and contributions from leading scholars including Jeffrey A. Fagan, James J. Fyfe, Bernard E. Harcourt, Delores Jones-Brown, Ramiro Martínez, Jr., Karen F. Parker, Alex R. Piquero, Tom R. Tyler, Jerome H. Skolnick, Ronald Weitzer, and many others.


  • “This timely and comprehensive volume sheds badly-needed light on the complex interaction between police and communities of color. Few issues rank higher on the nation's justice reform agenda. Get it right, and we enhance police legitimacy and reduce crime; get it wrong, and we create inner city tinderboxes. This formidable compendium of scholarship will help us get it right.”

    —Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • “This timely volume brings together the leading scholars on the topic of race, ethnicity and policing in one collection. The selections provide a solid, evidence based treatment of the key criminal justice issue of our time.”

    —Scott H. Decker, co-author of Confronting Gangs: Crime and Community