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Police contacts of juveniles in Germany : an exploratory research on police contacts of ethnic minority and non-ethnic minority juveniles

Schulte, Anna Katharina (2012) Police contacts of juveniles in Germany : an exploratory research on police contacts of ethnic minority and non-ethnic minority juveniles.

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Abstract:Within my minor ‘Crime Science and Risk Governance’ I was first introduced to the topic of ethnic minorities and crime in general. Due to the fact that this theme intensively attracted my attention, I decided to further deepen my insights from a scientific perspective by addressing the following question within this thesis: How many and what kind of police contacts do German ethnic minority juveniles and non-ethnic minority juveniles have with the police? And to what extent can we explain differences in police contacts between different ethnic groups with either ethnicity, availability on the streets or delinquency? After reviewing international literature of this research area, different explanations for possible differences in police contacts were found. By means of an online questionnaire, data was collected in order to statistically test the introduced explanations which were considered to be most relevant within this thesis. The data indicated that ethnic minority juveniles do have more total and also more negative police contacts than native German juveniles. Next to this, it was found that both availability on the streets and individual delinquency lead to higher numbers of police contacts. Furthermore, the data drawn from the sample points to the fact that ethnic minority youngsters are more often available on the streets and show more delinquent behaviour than their native German counterparts. In conclusion the results of the research indicate that ethnic minority juveniles are more often available in public spaces and commit more delinquent acts than native German youngsters which in turn lead to more contact with the police as well as more contacts with a negative characteristic.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62037
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