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Political ideology, racism, and American identity: an examination of white Americans’ support for the police use of excessive force

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Under what conditions do white Americans support police violence? And what are the terms by which they do so?

This thesis explores how those who evince the strongest support for police, namely white Americans, “experience” incidents of excessive force, and examines the ideological mechanisms by which they make appraisals about policing. Across two online surveys of white American adults, varying the racial identity (white/black) of a police officer and suspect in a fictional scena...

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SSD
Department:
Law
Sub department:
Centre for Criminology
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ORCID:
0000-0002-6419-0486
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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