Police stops are much more than technical procedures to control and prevent crime. They are practices that reflect and shape social order. In this paper we want to develop that point on the basis of a media content analysis of police stops in Belgium. We will see how police stops emerge as a public issue at very specific moments in time, and in such moments police stops are connected to specific contexts (e.g. crime and terrorism, migration, legal frameworks and regulations, socio-economic developments, identity etc.). As such, the study of police stops as a public issue offers us a better understanding of a police practice and the society in which that practice is deployed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2020
EventEurocrim 2020: 20th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology -
Duration: 10 Sep 202011 Oct 2020


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