The main thrust of the studies on police selectivity concentrate on the role that ethnicity plays in the decisions taken by police officers. Ethnic minorities would be more often and more rapidly subjected to a stop and search and get a stricter sanction. Research has shown that other personality traits such as gender, age and socio-economic background also have an influence on the selection process. So far, however, little attention has been paid to this finding. With this article, we wish to stress the importance of intersectionality within the studies on police decision-making. Rather than possessing one well-defined characteristic, it seems to be a combination of a series of properties that causes citizens to be in the crosshairs of the police. The first results of an ethnographic study on the Belgian ‘stop and search’ practice show that combinations of gender, ethnic background, age and socio-economic status influence the selection process. Despite the importance of intersectionality within this kind of research, we conclude this article by stating that even an intersectional approach has flaws when it comes to understanding the police selection process in its totality.
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||European Society of Criminology 2018: Crimes Against Humans and Crimes Against Humanity: Implications for Modern Criminology - University of Sarajevo, Sarejevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
Duration: 29 Aug 2018 → 1 Sep 2018
|Conference||European Society of Criminology 2018|
|Country||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Period||29/08/18 → 1/09/18|