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Thinking Allowed - Police & race, and Fishermen in Scotland

Updated Tuesday, 18th March 2014

This week, what difference does race make when police are disciplined - and the lives of Protestant fishermen in Scotland.

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Gamrie harbour Creative commons image Icon Ulrich Hartmann under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license Gamrie harbour Every week, BBC Radio 4 and The Open University team up to bring you Thinking Allowed, a guide to the latest work in the social sciences. Laurie Taylor asks researchers and other experts about their work as we try to make sense of the world we live in.

This week, race in police 'misconduct' proceedings: Laurie Taylor considers new research exploring the perception that ethnic minority police officers are disproportionally subjected to such investigations. Graham Smith, Senior Lecturer at University of Manchester School of Law, looked at data provided by 3 English police services over a 4 year period between 2008 and 2011.

Also, Evangelical Fishermen - the lives and beliefs of fundamentalist Christians living in the remote Scottish fishing village of Gamrie. Joseph Webster, Lecturer in Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast, discusses his study of an austere community of Protestant Brethren struggling with the crisis of the contemporary fishing industry whilst also focusing on the 'End of Days'. How does this most demanding form of religious faith survive in the midst of the tough and perilous work at sea?

This edition of Thinking Allowed is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on March 19th, 2014. For more details, and to listen again where available, please visit





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