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Race, Crime and Criminal Justice in Portugal

  • Manuela Ivone Cunha
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Abstract

Any focus on the issue of ethnicity, crime and criminal justice in Portugal has to take into account two specificities which have comparative implications — not to mention the fact that comparability may be hindered from the start at the more general level of the statistical data infrastructure itself.1 First, Portuguese official statistics register only nationalities, not ethnicity or phenotype. Direct or indirect registration by the state of data allowing for the identification of such information is prevented by law in order not to reinforce stereotyping (see Cabecinhas 2007) or the racialization of society.2 The existence of ethnic/racial minorities is therefore not formally acknowledged by the state, which recognizes only individual citizens. Portuguese citizens thus include, without any ethnic specification, ex-immigrants who have acquired the Portuguese citizenship.3

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Criminal Justice System Drug Market Prison Sentence Drug Offense Property Offense 
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  • Manuela Ivone Cunha
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  1. 1.CRIA-UMUniversity of Minho, CRIA-UMPortugal

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