Radburn, M and Stott, CJT (2018) The Social Psychological Processes of ‘Procedural Justice’: Concepts, Critiques and Opportunities. Criminology and Criminal Justice. ISSN 1748-8966

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Abstract

Contemporary research on policing and procedural justice theory (PJT) emphasises large-scale survey data to link a series of interlocking concepts, namely perceptions of procedural fairness, police legitimacy and normative compliance. In this paper we contend that as such, contemporary research is in danger of conveying a misreading of PJT by portraying a reified social world divorced from the social psychological dynamics of encounters between the police and policed. In this paper we set out a rationale for addressing this potential misreading and explore how and why PJT researchers would benefit both theoretically and methodologically through drawing upon advances in theoretical accounts of social identity, developed most notably in attempts to understand the crowd action. Specifically, we advance an articulation of a ‘process-based’ model of PJT’s underlying social and subjective dynamics and stress the value of ethnographic approaches for studying police-‘citizen’ encounters.

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Additional Information: © Sage Publications. This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) will be available online via Sage Publications at https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1748895818780200- please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Police legitimacy, social identity, procedural justice, crowds, policing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1 Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV7231 Criminal justice administration
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 15:45
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 11:50
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4946

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