The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
cordially invites you to the following Sociology job talk:
“Policing and Health in Europe”: Even minor forms of contact with the criminal justice system—such as being stopped by police—may be implicated in poor health. Police use of force can increase the risk of physical injury, whereas interactions accompanied by abusive rhetoric or threats can lead to psychological and emotional harm. Police contact may also have no health consequences for individuals or even be linked to good health because of an increased sense of public safety and confidence in law enforcement. Using data from 26 countries that participated in the 2010 European Social Survey, this study is the first to explore whether contact with law enforcement is related to health and wellbeing in Europe. Across all outcomes—self-rated health, functional limitations, happiness, loneliness, and emotional wellbeing—having been approached, stopped or contacted by police was associated with worse health and wellbeing, especially when police treatment was perceived as unsatisfactory. These findings are discussed in terms of their implications for social inequalities more broadly.