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.

Perpetrators of Hate Crime
Perpetrators of hate crime
Chapter Summary

This chapter assesses the profile, motivations and activities of hate crime perpetrators. Although there has been a significant amount of research into the experience of victims of hate crime, there has been less study of the perpetrators of such crime. We shall see that, typically, those engaging in hate acts are not neo-Nazi skinheads or white power extremists, but are instead ‘ordinary’ members of the public. Often, those convicted of hate crimes are male, from deprived backgrounds and with a history of criminal or violent behaviour. They frequently act in groups when carrying out their offending, creating a dynamic that may exacerbate the severity of the incident. They may also be familiar with their victim and thus ...

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