Understanding hate crimes

Sociological and criminological perspectives

Authored by: Nathan Hall

The Routledge International Handbook on Hate Crime

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  July  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415818902
eBook ISBN: 9780203578988
Adobe ISBN: 9781136684364

10.4324/9780203578988.ch6

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Abstract

Bowling (1999) suggests that academic and professional interest in issues of race and racism in relation to crime (and therefore, by analogy, interest in hate crime) can be traced back to the early 1980s in the UK through two key events. The first was the urban riots of 1981, most notably in Brixton, south London, which saw the emergence of race, prejudice and discrimination as significant social issues. The second was the re-emergence of victimology in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a significant social science in its own right, and the subsequent development of social surveys that for the first time began to provide a wealth of data relating to the plight of the victim, and in particular the disproportionate victimisation of certain minority groups.

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