Using a detailed case study of an area of East London, this book documents the everyday abuse, assault and intimidation that is suffered by ethnic minorities in Great Britain. The author explains and analyses the process through which violence is targeted at these minorities, along with the role that the ideas and language of racial exclusion take in this process. The apparent failure of the police and "multi-agency initiatives" to respond effectively to this
problem is then looked at in depth. This book is based on detailed analysis of official documents, a victimisation survey, interviews and direct observation, seen in the overall context of the history of race relations in Britain. It describes some of the many thousands of racist attacks that have occurred
in recent years and the events in the last two decades that have shaped English racism and the political and policy responses to it.
`... undoubtedly the most rigorous and searching study of its kind, while also being readable and accessible.'
Criminal Justice 1 (2) (no date)
`A book which arrives with impeccable timing. A comprehensive study into an absolutely crucial area of criminology.'
Mike Nash, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth
`an original contribution in presenting new empirical data ... as well as a more detailed history of the issue than appears elsewhere ... It is clearly written and presented ... and will contribute to policy and academic debate. The [author] is acquiring the status of an authority on the topic.'
Robert Reiner, London School of Economics
`This is a compelling and informative book which addresses the important and disturbing problem of violent racism. It will be essential reading for policy-makers, researchers as well as students of criminology and related fields.'
Eugene McLaughlin, Open University
`Violent Racism is the most informative and provocative book that I have ever read on the subject. This is an exceptional book.'
Mark Hamm, Indiana State University
`What is particularly admirable about this most admirable of contributions to the literature on racism, is that Bowling succeeds in balancing commitment with scholarship. He eschews misleading simplification in favour of recognising and seeking to understand the subtle complexities of the subject ... powerful insight with implications that stretch well beyond racist violence to inform our understanding of the general fear of crime ... a most excellent
contribution to scholarship.'
Tank Waddington, British Journal of Criminology
`A significant addition to the literature on racist violence which has much to say that ought to be central to the thinking of the [Lawrence] enquiry.'
Karim Murji, Crime, Order and Policing.
`An important contribution to our Inquiry.'
The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, paragraph 6.33
`The contradictions within multi-agency approaches to dealing with racial violence, and within police policies and procedures are set out with disturbing clarity in this meticulous report. The book is a valuable piece of scholarship, but it is more: it provides detailed evidence of the nature of the experience of racist violence, and of police inertia in the face of it. Our understanding of the issues is significantly enhanced. And the future direction of
policy is called into question by the carefully argued critique of current trends.'
Brian Williams, Howard Journal.
`This is a comprehensive, well laid out, state of the art, survey of police response to violent racist behaviour, set in context of the history and sociological literature of racism and policing in this country ... This brilliant study will become an essential text for anyone (and everyone should be) concerned with racism and policing.'
Labour Campaign for Criminal Justice, no 47, Aug 99
General Editor's Foreword
Part I: Context, Concepts and Method
1: The Emergence of Violent Racism as a Public Issue
2: Violent Racism and Policy Formulation (1981-1984)
3: The Evolution of the Multi-agency Approach to Violent Racism
4: Violence, Racism and Crime Surveys: Capturing the process of victimisation
Part II: Racism, Violence and Policing in North Plaistow: an empirical study
5: Racism and Victimization
6: Policing Violent Racism in
Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology
Number Of Pages: 402
Published: 1st February 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 14.1
Weight (kg): 0.64