Contesting the Single Story: Collective Punishment, Myth-Making and Racialised Criminalisation

  • Patrick Williams
  • Becky Clarke
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


On the 31 January 2016, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a review, to be led by the Labour MP David Lammy, to investigate “evidence of possible bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities”. He continued,

If you’re black, you’re more likely to be in a prison cell than studying at a top university. And if you’re black, it seems you’re more likely to be sentenced to custody for a crime than if you’re white. We should investigate why this is and how we can end this possible discrimination. (Ross 2016)


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  • Patrick Williams
    • 1
  • Becky Clarke
    • 1
  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK

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