Perpetual Suspects

A Critical Race Theory of Black and Mixed-Race Experiences of Policing

  • Lisa J. Long

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Contextualising the Race-Crime Nexus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lisa J. Long
      Pages 3-19
    3. Lisa J. Long
      Pages 43-69
  3. Erasing Race: Policing Diversity

  4. Theoretical Implications and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-231

About this book


Grounded in Critical Race Theory (CRT), this book examines black and mixed-race men and women’s experiences of policing in the UK. Through an intersectional analysis of race, class and gender it analyses the construction of the suspect, illuminating the ways in which race and racism(s) shape police contact. This counter-story to the dominant narrative challenges the erasure of race through the contemporary ‘diversity’ agenda. Overall, this book proposes that making racism visible can disrupt power structures and make change possible. It makes a timely contribution to this significantly under-researched area and will be of interest to students, educators and scholars of Criminology, Social Sciences, Law and Humanities. It will also be of interest to criminal justice practitioners, communities and activists.


police britain Macpherson victims race and gender Citizenship racialised policing ethnicity and justice black studies race studies race and law

Authors and affiliations

  • Lisa J. Long
    • 1
  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98239-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98240-3
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