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Racism, Policy and Politics$
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Karim Murji

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447319573

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447319573.001.0001

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The impacts of social science1

The impacts of social science1

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Racism, Policy and Politics

Karim Murji

Policy Press

This chapter examines the Macpherson inquiry to analyse links between academic work and the politics of race and policing. It explores some of the significant academic evidence on institutional racism and on racial attacks presented to the Macpherson inquiry. While it is possible, particularly with institutional racism, to chart a connection between some of that and the conclusions of the inquiry, there is also a significant disconnection that provides a more nuanced idea of what impact is and how it occurs, as shown via the discussion of the internal politics of the Macpherson inquiry. An additional factor is that ‘real time’ events the police respond to indicates that they had, in some ways, already ‘moved on’ from institutional racism as early as 1999, even though that mostly precedes a decade of concerted policy implementation around racism.

Keywords:   Macpherson inquiry, academic work, racial politics, policing, institutional racism, racial attacks, racism

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