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Facing inwards and outwards?: Institutional racism, race equality and the role of Black and Asian professional associations

By Coretta Phillips


This article considers the role and influence of black and Asian professional associations in the criminal justice services, five years on from the pivotal Lawrence Inquiry (1999) and its assertion that ‘institutional racism’ was endemic in the British police service. Drawing on interviews with Chairpersons of seven professional associations, and a small case study of the Association of Black Probation Officers, the article explores their internal supportive function in assisting members who have experienced various forms of occupational racism. A tentative proposal is made for black and Asian professional associations to develop their external focus to utilize members’ life skills and cultural knowledge to challenge the institutional dynamics of racism within the criminal justice services, and to engage more directly with local black and Asian communities. Such work can be conceptually framed by conceiving of ethnicity as a resource

Topics: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1177/1466802505057716
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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