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.
Racist Hate Crime
Developing an understanding of racist victimisation is important to our overall understanding of hate crime: not only are crimes motivated by prejudice against the victim's ethnic identity the most common type of hate crime, they are also arguably the most recognised type of hate crime. As such, and unlike other less researched branches of minority victimisation, there is an extensive body of literature within the UK devoted to issues of ‘race’ and ethnicity, to the relationship between ‘race’ and the criminal justice system, and to the experiences and perceptions of victims of racist crime.
This chapter seeks to address some of the salient points to have surfaced from this body of literature that have implications for our understanding of the ...