Meacham Park: how do Blacks experience policing in the suburbs?

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dc.contributor.author Boyles, Andrea S.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-25T14:47:42Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-25T14:47:42Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13642
dc.description.abstract Historically, relationships between police and residents in minority communities have often been contentious. However most of the literature on race, place, and policing has focused on the policing of Blacks and their interactions with the police in urban settings. Building on this work, this study aims to capture similar processes of racialized policing as they occur in the suburbs. This project expands our understanding by exploring policing as it is carried out in a marginalized Black enclave located in a predominately white middle class suburb. Specifically, I focus on Meacham Park, which is a segregated enclave annexed to the nearby white community of Kirkwood, Missouri. Drawing on interviews with thirty African-American residents of Meacham Park, I explore how residents experience policing and their attitudes toward the police. The interviews reveal a contentious history of relations between residents and the police, and I discuss respondents’ accounts of specific experiences with police surveillance, harassment, and (in some cases) misconduct. However, though many respondents reported extremely negative attitudes toward the police, the great majority also reported at least some positive interactions and experiences. This study extends research on the policing of minority communities into a segregated suburban context and offers implications for improving relations between the police and minority communities. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Race en_US
dc.subject Place en_US
dc.subject Policing en_US
dc.subject Qualitative en_US
dc.title Meacham Park: how do Blacks experience policing in the suburbs? en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Dana M. Britton en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology (0626) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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