Perception of Police Unfairness Amongst Stigmatized Groups: The Impact of Ethnicity, Islamic Affiliation and Neighbourhood

  • Guillaume RouxEmail author


This chapter deals with perceived police unfairness amongst young members of minority groups in four Western European countries (France, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands). It focuses on the way perceived police unfairness is associated with ethnicity, as well as two other sources of minority group belonging: Islamic affiliation and neighbourhood. Key findings are as follows. Living in the most disrupted neighbourhoods is the strongest predictor of beliefs about police unfairness, though minority ethnic origin also has an independent predictive effect, controlling for other factors. With controls in place, Muslim identity is not a significant predictor (even when taking into account attachment to Islam). Police contact after having committed an offence and attitudes towards discrimination show a significant mediating effect, but these variables do not fully account for the effect of neighbourhood or ethnicity. As for national differences, pupils from France, the UK and the Netherlands are significantly more likely to see the police as unfair than those from Germany.


Attitudes to the police Police unfairness Procedural justice Muslim identity Neighbourhood effect Youth Attitudes to discrimination Race Ethnicity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fondation Nationale des Sciences PolitiquesUniversity of Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Sciences Po Grenoble, PACTESaint-Martin-d’HèresFrance

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