Racial Violence and Harassment


Any useful discussion of how racial violence and harassment should be tackled needs to be based on a thorough understanding of the nature and scale of the problem. The official figures on the extent of racial violence and harassment in Britain are based on police statistics and the British Crime Survey. This book offers a critical evaluation and assessment of these sources, to see if the problem has, as some claim, increased. The report reviews a number of small-scale studies in local areas where racial violence and harassment is known to be a problem. Detailed questioning about the experience of racial violence and harassment - particularly 'low-level' harassment - among a sample of African Caribbean and South Asian respondents then reveals: where such incidents take place; who the perpetrators are; what, if anything, the people subject to such violence and harassment try to do about it; and the extent to which people's lives are affected, beyond the actual harassment that takes place.

The report concludes with a discussion of the key issues involved in addressing the problem more effectively.

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1 Introduction
2 Racial violence and harassment in Britain: Assessing the evidence
3 The nature of racial violence and harassment: Some findings from a qualitative study
4 The effect of racial harassment on people's lifestyle
5 Summary and conclusions

Virdee, S. (1995) Racial Violence and Harassment, Policy Studies Institute

ISBN: 0853746478