Ethnicity and Crime
The journal article "Minority Youth, Crime, Conflict and Belonging in Australia" by Jock Collins and Carol Reid has presented many of the social tension between the ethnic minority and the broader community. The article conveys how the ethnic youth minorities relate to high crime rates. Whilst Rob Whites journal article “Ethnic Diversity and Differential Policing in Australia” shows the reader how police mistreat ethnic minorities due to their physical characteristics such as their appearance and how their policing styles differentiate between each minority groups. This is conveyed through three main approaches. The relationship between these two articles is that they have a few similarities conveyed through several themes such as; the social constructs, discrimination, the mistreatment of ethnic minority groups. These articles also believe that immigrants that have come into Australia have increased the crime rates due to their socio-economic disadvantages.
The first article that is going to be discussed is Rob White’s “Ethnic Diversity and Differential Policing in Australia: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Public cooperation with police is essential for the effective management of crime and disorder in our society. Understanding factors that shape public cooperation with the police is therefore important. However, Australian and international studies show that police find it difficult to elicit cooperation from ethnic communities, this made difficult by the fact that ethnic groups display low levels of trust and confidence in the police. The aggressive and negative attitudes from ethnic communities towards police come from bad experiences, which have affected the way they look and treat police.
There are three types of differential policing which affect ethnic communities dramatically. They are traditional policing ‘the bad’, which causes several conflicts between ethnic minorities, due to...