This engaging and thought-provoking text provides an accessible introduction to the subject of hate crime. In a world where issues of hatred and prejudice are creating complex challenges for society and for governments, this book provides an articulate and insightful overview of how such issues relate to crime and criminal justice. It offers comprehensive coverage, including topics such as:

Racist hate crime; Religiously motivated hate crime; Homophobic crime; Gender and violence; Disablist hate crime

The book considers the challenges involved in policing hate crime, as well as exploring the role of the media. Legislative developments are discussed throughout.

Chapter summaries, case studies, a glossary, and advice on further reading all help to equip the reader with a clear understanding of this nuanced and controversial subject. Hate Crime is essential reading for students and academics in criminology and criminal justice.

Understanding Hate Crime
Understanding hate crime
Chapter Summary

Hate crime is a relatively well-established term within American scholarship but it has a much shorter history within the UK. While hate crime encompasses numerous themes that have formed a central feature of contemporary social scientific enquiry, including marginalisation, victimisation and difference, attempts to examine these themes through the conceptual lens of hate have been in comparatively short supply. To some extent this is not altogether surprising as the ‘main-streaming’ of hate crime within academic and political circles in the UK has occurred only recently, but it would appear that the term has been widely adopted without there being any definitive clarity on its actual meaning.

This chapter seeks to develop a clear conceptual understanding of hate crime by examining ...

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