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Ethnicity and Crime
Define, Decode, Signpost
Criminal behaviour is an act which breaks a formal law, such as murder, whereas deviant behaviour is
that which breaks a norm. Definitions of crime and deviance are socially constructed their definitions
are culturally determined. Official statistics show some interesting differences between ethnic…

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o Macpherson report 1999 followed racist murder of a black teenager and found institutional
racism within the police.
o Many officers hold racist stereotypes leading to deliberate selective targeting.

Ethnic differences in offending
o Stopping and searching reflects the fact that some EM's are likely to be criminal.
Demographic factors…




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