HCAW Blog #5: The dark side of social media: the problem of LGBT+ online hate

HCAW Blog #5: The dark side of social media: the problem of LGBT+ online hate

Rachel Keighley @Rachel_Keighley My first encounter with hate crime came in Durham when a group of young lads in a car shouted out of their window at my girlfriend and I who were holding hands walking down the street. To ensure we got the point, they then did a U-turn, so they could pass by…

HCAW Blog #4: The Power of Rhetoric in 2020

HCAW Blog #4: The Power of Rhetoric in 2020

Alex Murphy @alexmurphykc27 2020 has been a unique year in many ways, but a sudden preoccupation with the clarity of political messaging has united anxious populations around the world. Shifts in the UK from the ‘Stay at home’ message, to ‘Stay alert’ and ‘Hands, face, space’ in short order (alongside the brief diversion into ‘Eat…

HCAW Blog #3: Should sex workers be included in the legal definition of hate crime?

HCAW Blog #3: Should sex workers be included in the legal definition of hate crime?

Rosie Campbell and Teela Sanders @RosieCa27236598 and @TeelaSanders On 23 September 2020, the Law Commission published its consultation paper for its review of hate crime law. Associated media coverage focused on debates about whether sex or gender should be a protected characteristic in law in England and Wales. Media coverage only touched on the Commission’s…

HCAW Blog #2 - Why the fall of Golden Dawn won’t signal the end to Islamophobia in Greece

HCAW Blog #2 – Why the fall of Golden Dawn won’t signal the end to Islamophobia in Greece

Christine Verousi – @Ver_Christine On the morning of January 17, 2013 Shehzad Luqman, a 27-year-old Muslim migrant worker from Pakistan, was fatally stabbed by two members of the Neo-Nazi political party Golden Dawn in Petralona, Athens, while cycling to work. During the trial of Christos Steriopoulos, 29, and Dionysis Liakopoulos, 25, the court ruled that…

Introducing the Blog Carnival for Hate Crime Awareness Week UK - Blog #1 Beyond the Hate Crime Headlines: new manifestations, new spaces

Introducing the Blog Carnival for Hate Crime Awareness Week UK – Blog #1 Beyond the Hate Crime Headlines: new manifestations, new spaces

National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NHCAW) is a week-long initiative that seeks to raise awareness not only about the harms of hate but so too what we can individually and collectively do about it. Originally conceived as a Facebook group in 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the London nail bomb attacks on Brixton,…

LGBT and Covid-19

LGBT and Covid-19

COVID-19 and LGBTI-phobia By Kusminder Chalal and Piotr Godzisz Seven international experts discussed the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown on LGBTI communities across the globe during two events organised by Birmingham City University (BCU) and the INHS. Kusminder Chahal and Piotr Godzisz, BCU, share their insights and reflect on both events. Context Covid-19 was…

Hate Research and Emotionality

Hate Research and Emotionality

Hate Research and Emotionality by David Wilkin, PhD,Honorary Fellow, School of Criminology University of Leicester. A somewhat overused phrase these days is that used to describe the pitches and troughs of everyday personal feelings: ‘the whole thing was an emotional rollercoaster’, to relate changing moods. What I did not expect during my recent research into…

The ‘unsocial’ facets of social media platforms

The ‘unsocial’ facets of social media platforms

By Luiz Valério P. Trindade, PhD The current ubiquitous presence of social media in people’s lives on a global scale and the increasing trend of divisionism and polarization fostered in this environment raises an important reflection: How ‘social’has  this disruptive technology really become? The sociologist James M. Henslin advocates that ‘society makes us humans’, and…

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