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‘Playing the Game’: Power, Authority and Procedural Justice In Interactions Between Police and Homeless People In London

Kyprianides, A; Stott, C; Bradford, B; (2020) ‘Playing the Game’: Power, Authority and Procedural Justice In Interactions Between Police and Homeless People In London. The British Journal of Criminology 10.1093/bjc/azaa086. (In press).

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Abstract

We explore the relevance of procedural justice theory for understanding the relationship between police and marginalized groups and individuals. Analysis is based on ethnographic research into the policing of the street population in an inner London borough through shadowing policing patrols and embedding observation within the homeless community. Police–street population relationships appear characterized by: (1) a structural context of extreme disempowerment; (2) a micro-sociological dimension relating to the exercise of authority and (3) a dynamic power relationship characterized by ‘the game of cat and mouse’. The nature of interactions within this context and the extreme marginality of the street population alter the weight placed on fairness perceptions and the extent to which police activity can affect legitimacy and compliance.

Type: Article
Title: ‘Playing the Game’: Power, Authority and Procedural Justice In Interactions Between Police and Homeless People In London
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azaa086
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azaa086
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116600
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