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“We are Seen as a Threat” : Police Stops of Young Ethnic Minorities in the Nordic Countries

Solhjell, Randi; Saarikkomäki, Elsa; Haller, Mie Birk; Wästerfors, David LU and Kolind, Torsten (2018) In Critical Criminology
Abstract

This article focuses on the perspectives of young ethnic minorities in the Nordic countries who have experienced various forms of “police stops”, i.e. situations where the police stop them without any reference to a specific event of which the youth are aware. Analytically, the debate is positioned through an intersectionality approach of (un)belonging to majority societies. Across the Nordic countries, we found that the young people described five social markers as reasons for being stopped, namely clothing, hanging out in groups, ethnicity, neighbourhoods and gender. We argue that the police stops explicate how the young men in particular are often forced to think about themselves in terms of “a threat” to the majority and the... (More)

This article focuses on the perspectives of young ethnic minorities in the Nordic countries who have experienced various forms of “police stops”, i.e. situations where the police stop them without any reference to a specific event of which the youth are aware. Analytically, the debate is positioned through an intersectionality approach of (un)belonging to majority societies. Across the Nordic countries, we found that the young people described five social markers as reasons for being stopped, namely clothing, hanging out in groups, ethnicity, neighbourhoods and gender. We argue that the police stops explicate how the young men in particular are often forced to think about themselves in terms of “a threat” to the majority and the attributes they have that make them seem like criminals.

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  author       = {Solhjell, Randi and Saarikkomäki, Elsa and Haller, Mie Birk and Wästerfors, David and Kolind, Torsten},
  issn         = {1205-8629},
  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {Springer Netherlands},
  series       = {Critical Criminology},
  title        = {“We are Seen as a Threat” : Police Stops of Young Ethnic Minorities in the Nordic Countries},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10612-018-9408-9},
  year         = {2018},
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