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Mobilized by InjusticeCriminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race$
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Hannah L. Walker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190940645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190940645.001.0001

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The Political Consequences of Distrust

The Political Consequences of Distrust

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Mobilized by Injustice

Hannah L. Walker

Oxford University Press

Over 50% of Blacks and Latinos and nearly 30% of Whites have proximal contact with the criminal justice system. This group of people experience the consequences of the carceral state vicariously via a loved one, but do not face such extraordinary resource and efficacy barriers to civic and political engagement as do their custodial counterparts. Diminished trust in government that results from negative proximal encounters with the carceral state can be leveraged into increased political action. This is true for all three racial subgroups, but race structures the narratives by which individuals make sense of their experiences with injustice. Chapter 2 defines personal and proximal contact, identifies the social consequences of contact, and develops a theory by which contact can politically mobilize.

Keywords:   Civic trust, political alienation, group consciousness, systemic injustice awareness, cognitive liberation

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