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.

Disablist Hate Crime and ‘Borderline’ Expressions of Hate

Disablist Hate Crime and ‘Borderline’ Expressions of Hate
Disablist hate crime and ‘borderline’ expressions of hate
Chapter Summary

This chapter examines different forms of harassment and violence on the margins of the hate debate. It centres initially upon disablist hate crime, a form of hate crime which often finds itself on the periphery of academic and practitioner concerns. Through its assessment of the nature and impact of disablist hate crime, the chapter notes that unlike other forms of hate crime where the perpetrator and victim are often strangers to each other, violent disablist assaults are often carried out by ‘friends’ or ‘carers’ whom the victim knows well.

The chapter then turns to consider other forms of harassment and violence which are based upon prejudice but which are not ...

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