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Black and blue, how African Americans judge the U.S. legal system, James L. Gibson and Michael Nelson

It is not hyperbole to proclaim that a crisis of legal legitimacy exists in the relationships between African Americans & the law & legal authorities & institutions that govern them. However, this legitimacy deficit has largely been documented through anecdotal evidence & a steady drumbeat of journalistic reports, but not rigorous scientific research. We posit that both experiences & in-group identities are commanding because they influence the ways in which black people process information, & in particular, the ways in which blacks react to the symbols of legal authority. Based on two nationally-representative samples, this text ties together four dominant theories of public opinion: legitimacy theory, social identity theory, theories of adulthood political socialization & learning through experience, & information processing theories.--, Provided by publisher
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non fiction
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1 online resource, illustrations (black and white).
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