Performing a stop and search: the police as moral entrepreneur

Activiteit: Talk or presentation at a workshop/seminar


In Belgium the ID-control practice clarifies the 'moral entrepreneurship' mentioned by Becker in 1963. With the implementation of the identity control the legislator tried to ban criminal behaviour as much as possible. Within the legal framework, he somehow identifies when a rule enforcer is legally allowed to proceed to an ID-control. However, by keeping the legal framework very vague, the individual police officer, and not the law itself, plays the main part in this story. After all, he/she can instinctively decide which type of behaviour and which type of person has to be subjected to a control and therefore decide who belongs to the outsider group and who doesn’t. In this presentation we will focus on the discretion of police officers when performing a stop and search, on the forming of the interaction process between citizens and police officers and the forming of profiling in the search for 'the other'.
Periode30 mei 2018
EvenementstitelPolicing the urban other: Organized by the working group on policing from the Crime & Society Research Group
LocatieBrussels, Belgium
Mate van erkenningNational