Classic Correlates of Inequality and Racial Profiling: A Study of NYC

Steve Rice, University of Florida

Researchers have explored a variety of theoretical traditions such as social disorganization and urban disadvantage as a way to extend the study of racial profiling. Little research has been conducted to-date, however--particularly at the city level-- on the classic correlates of inequality and their relationship to perceptions of discrimination by the police. To examine the issue, this paper employs a split-sample design on data pertaining to New York City residents' attitudes on racial profiling to gauge the relationship between employment status, income, political orientation, age, and education on perceptions of profiling. Findings are ground within the literature on urban inequality. Implications for theory and future research are explored.

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