Routine justice: the intersection of race, gender and police discretion in traffic stops

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dc.contributor.author Briggs, Jeremy S.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-14T12:30:17Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-14T12:30:17Z
dc.date.issued 2013-08-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/16228
dc.description.abstract Racial profiling by the police on the nation’s streets and highways has attracted much attention over the past two decades from scholars, media figures, politicians and police administrators. Several highly publicized cases propelled the issue into national consciousness in the early and mid 1990s, bringing a new public awareness to an undoubtedly old problem. Despite the proliferation of research and political attention, many questions remain unanswered. Among the most common criticisms facing racial profiling research today is the literature's lack of theoretical development. Grounded in focal concerns theory and the concept of symbolic assailants, the present research draws upon both crime control and discriminatory frameworks of racial disparity in traffic stop outcomes. The findings suggest that, while police concerns of crime and safety diminish the effect of race/ethnicity and gender on stop outcomes, race and gender remain important predictors of police decisions. The implications are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Racial profiling en_US
dc.title Routine justice: the intersection of race, gender and police discretion in traffic stops 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 Chardie Baird en_US
dc.description.advisor Dana Britton en_US
dc.subject.umi Criminology (0627) en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology (0626) en_US
dc.date.published 2013 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US


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