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Ethnicity of young adults and unequal treatment by the police in the Ruhr Area

Stuemke, Lisa Isabell (2015) Ethnicity of young adults and unequal treatment by the police in the Ruhr Area.

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Abstract:Ethnic profiling is a worldwide discussed problem. To fill the gap of research on this topic in Europe this thesis investigated for evidence of unequal treatment of young adults in the age 12 to 25 by police officers in the Ruhr Area, in Germany. A survey questionnaire by means of a paper survey (n = 127), which was handed out in the cities of Gelsenkirchen, Oberhausen and Recklinghausen and an online survey (n = 116) posted via Google Forms on Facebook were conducted. The main research question guiding this thesis reads ‘To what extent is the number of police contacts of young adults in the age of 12 to 25 in the Ruhr Area explained by their ethnic appearance?’ Evidence was found that young adults with a non-German ethnic appearance reported significantly more frequent contacts with the police than young adults with a German ethnic appearance. One of the main findings was that illegal group behavior had the strongest impacts on the number of police contacts of young adults. Ethnic appearance ranked only second, which led this thesis to conclude that ethnic appearance was not the main and sole predictor for the number of police contacts in regarding this thesis.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67143
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