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.
Religiously Motivated Hate Crime
Since the turn of the millennium an increased focus has been placed upon the issue of religious identity in the UK, and with this has come greater scrutiny over the extent to which particular religious values and practices are compatible with constructions of British national identity. Although this growth in attention has in some respects been constructive in promoting an enhanced awareness of religious diversity and distinctions between religious and ethnic identity, it has also had rather more negative implications for faith communities targeted on the basis of their religious beliefs.
To begin with this chapter examines the relevance of religion to British criminology and discusses events which have seen religiously motivated hate crime emerge as a source ...