Police and citizens in conflict: Exploring post-confrontation interaction from a relational perspective

van de Klomp, M., Stronks, S., Adang, O. M. J. & van den Brink, G. J. M., 8-Aug-2014, In : Policing & society. 24, 4, p. 459-478 20 p.

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This paper introduces a relational perspective to the analysis of the interaction process from confrontation to cooperation between police and civilians. By exploring a single case study on riots between Dutch youths of Moluccan descent and the police during New Year's Eve 2007, followed by a peaceful celebration a year later in 2008, the process of reconciliation between the two groups is reconstructed and analysed. By means of a comparison of the relationship nature before and after the confrontation and an in-depth analysis of post-conflict interaction, it is shown how institutional, group and individual interactions affected the change from confrontation to cooperation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-478
Number of pages20
JournalPolicing & society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8-Aug-2014
Externally publishedYes


  • conflict resolution, reconciliation, inter-group relations, police-civilian interaction, RECONCILIATION, FORGIVENESS

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