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Unequal treatment in policing - an empirical analysis of the treatment of juveniles with ethnic minority background by the police in Cologne, Germany

Femmer, Laura (2016) Unequal treatment in policing - an empirical analysis of the treatment of juveniles with ethnic minority background by the police in Cologne, Germany.

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Abstract:Unequal treatment of ethnic minorities by the police is a current topic within the media and research. In this thesis the interaction of the police in Germany with juveniles with ethnic minority background is examined. More specifically the quality of contact of an interaction with the police is looked at. Adolescents aged between 15-25 years are in focus as early positive or negative police contacts might influence the relationship between the police and juveniles in the long run. This is connected to police legitimacy – the more negative contacts occur the more juveniles despise the police and legitimacy decreases but also to integration – the more youths feel discriminated or treated unfairly the more they display a defensive attitude towards the police and the system as a whole. This issue was examined with an online and a cross sectional paper-based survey. Juveniles in Cologne were asked how they perceived the treatment of the police. The results were analyzed with multiple regression analysis. Interestingly the data shows that gender and filing in the survey online influence the outcome of inequality. In contrast individual delinquency and participation in delinquent groups do not have a significant influence on the quality of police contacts. Ethnicity, however, does influence the behavior of police officers during a contact.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71003
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