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.

Reassessing Hate Crime
Reassessing hate crime
Chapter Summary

This final chapter reassesses the concept of hate crime in light of the debates that have been examined in previous chapters, and begins by reviewing their key points. By taking stock of the various complexities that have been outlined thus far – whether this be the similarities and differences between the more recognised and more marginalised forms of hate crime, the nature of hate crime victimisation and perpetration, or the legitimacy of legislative responses – we can begin to recognise just how problematic a concept this can be.

Drawing these ideas together, the chapter then goes on to discuss the implications of three especially contentious aspects of hate crime: its conceptual, legal and procedural ambiguity. In each of these respects ...

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