When colour matters : policing and hate crime

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title When colour matters : policing and hate crime
Author(s) Wigerfelt, Berit ; Wigerfelt, Anders ; Kiiskinen, Jenny
Date 2014
English abstract
Contrary to the image of Sweden as a tolerant, colour-blind and non-racial country, which is based on the narrative of a country for instance associated with solidarity with the so-called Third World; in this article we argue that racial attributes, e.g. visible differences, account for people’s different life possibilities and circumstances in Swedish society. This article explores and discusses whether, and if so why, people who belong to the group that is categorised as “non-white”, with an emphasis on Afroswedes, and depicted as racially different, experience being targets of diverse variations of bias-based policing, harassment and hate crime. Theories relating to colonial stereotypes, racism, doing difference, the geography of hate, race/ethnicity profiling and intersectionality are used to analyse our material. Based on individual and focus group interviews with “non-whites”, this article discusses how visible differences are highlighted in different kinds of social contexts. The interview results show that people with dark skin are often targets of different kinds of private and public policing based on race- and ethnicity profiling that often occurs on or near borders/boundaries. When those who are targets of racial harassment and exclusion resist such treatment, e.g. by crossing borders/boundaries, they are at risk of becoming victims of hate crime.
Link http://www.cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/socialinclusion/article/view/31/57 (external link to publication)
Publisher Cogitatio Press
Host/Issue Social Inclusion;1
Volume 2
ISSN 2183-2803
Pages 1-11
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) borders
hate crime
private policing
public policing
Humanities/Social Sciences
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17657 (link to this page)

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