The Last Bastion of Racism?

Gypsies, Travellers and Policing

Paperback / softback, 112 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
1 May 2007
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £17.99

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This book deals with prejudice, specifically the neglected area of prejudice towards Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers. It describes a problem solving approach at both practitioner and strategic levels that can overcome prejudice in many of its forms and help achieve greater social justice. John Coxhead has drawn on his extensive research with practitioners, strategic workers and the communities to highlight the issues for and about Travellers. He provides an analytical but practical approach that is also a toolkit for those working in public services to improve service delivery. As the definitive text for understanding the approaches and strategies by which prejudice towards a certain community can be effectively tackled, the book will be indispensable to practitioners in public services, particularly criminal justice and policing. It will also interest sociologists and the communities themselves.

  • John Coxhead

CONTENTS: Acknowledgements; Foreword; 1. Introduction: Methodology and research design; The skills we need to achieve justice for all; Conclusion; 2. Setting the scene: The social and historical context; The contemporary social context of racisms for Gypsies and Travellers; Understanding bigotry: Symptoms and causes; Psychological insights: How racists think; Summary; 3. Them and us: The police and prejudice; Over policing and under protecting?; Summary; 4. The nature of prejudice: Overt stereotyping; Identity and hierarchy; Enemies but strangers; The media and racist images; Summary; 5. The limitations of training: Current methods of diversity training; The role of communities; Summary; 6. The way forward: Listen; Confer; Youth and the future; Behaviourism as an intervention strategy; National Occupational Standards; Performance coaching; Socratic facilitation; Normalising justice; Bibliography; Index.

"Every police officer from every police force in the country from the chief constable down should be required to read this book."

, Travellers Times