Victimisation, Policing and Social Context
Reviews and Awards
... undoubtedly the most rigorous and searching study of its kind, while also being readable and accessible. - Criminal Justice 1 (2) (no date)
A book which arrives with impeccable timing. A comprehensive study into an absolutely crucial area of criminology. - Mike Nash, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth
an original contribution in presenting new empirical data ... as well as a more detailed history of the issue than appears elsewhere ... It is clearly written and presented ... and will contribute to policy and academic debate. The [author] is acquiring the status of an authority on the topic. - Robert Reiner, London School of Economics
This is a compelling and informative book which addresses the important and disturbing problem of violent racism. It will be essential reading for policy-makers, researchers as well as students of criminology and related fields. - Eugene McLaughlin, Open University
Violent Racism is the most informative and provocative book that I have ever read on the subject. This is an exceptional book. - Mark Hamm, Indiana State University
What is particularly admirable about this most admirable of contributions to the literature on racism, is that Bowling succeeds in balancing commitment with scholarship. He eschews misleading simplification in favour of recognising and seeking to understand the subtle complexities of the subject ... powerful insight with implications that stretch well beyond racist violence to inform our understanding of the general fear of crime ... a most excellent contribution to scholarship. - Tank Waddington, British Journal of Criminology
A significant addition to the literature on racist violence which has much to say that ought to be central to the thinking of the [Lawrence] enquiry. - Karim Murji, Crime, Order and Policing.
An important contribution to our Inquiry. - The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, paragraph 6.33
The contradictions within multi-agency approaches to dealing with racial violence, and within police policies and procedures are set out with disturbing clarity in this meticulous report. The book is a valuable piece of scholarship, but it is more: it provides detailed evidence of the nature of the experience of racist violence, and of police inertia in the face of it. Our understanding of the issues is significantly enhanced. And the future direction of policy is called into question by the carefully argued critique of current trends. - Brian Williams, Howard Journal.
This is a comprehensive, well laid out, state of the art, survey of police response to violent racist behaviour, set in context of the history and sociological literature of racism and policing in this country ... This brilliant study will become an essential text for anyone (and everyone should be) concerned with racism and policing. - Labour Campaign for Criminal Justice, no 47, Aug 99