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Hate, Politics, Law – Critical Perspectives on Combating Hate

Hate, Politics, Law – Critical Perspectives on Combating Hate

Thomas Brudholm and Birgitte Schepelern Johansen Hate has become a political outcast in liberal democracies. Whether expressed in speech, enacted in everyday criminal conduct, or seen as the fuel of terror and extremism, hate is considered a vice, an evil, and a threat. In public discourse, hate is typically ascribed to the Other (criminals, enemies,…

Expectations of the Model Hate Crime Victim

Expectations of the Model Hate Crime Victim

Author: Caroline Erentzen (MA, JD, PhD Candidate/Psychology) is a senior PhD Candidate in Psychology (York University) and holds a JD from Queen’s University. Her primary research focuses on hate crimes, including the role of model victim prototypes and schematic processing in observer reactions to such crimes.  Her larger research sits at the intersection of psychology and the law,…

Hate speech in the danish public debate online

Hate speech in the danish public debate online

By Lumi Zuleta, Senior Advisor, the Danish Institute for Human Rights Social media has undoubtedly become an integral part of our daily lives, as a means of communication and information as well as platforms for distribution of news and thus a central arena for the public debate. In line with this development, the ‘tone’ used…

A new Hate Crime Act is needed to address vast ‘justice gap’ for hate crime in England and Wales

A new Hate Crime Act is needed to address vast ‘justice gap’ for hate crime in England and Wales

By Dr Mark Walters, co-Director of the International Network for Hate Studies It is almost twenty years since the UK Government enacted specific race hate crime offences (ss. 28-32 Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (CDA)). Since then, the legislation has been amended to include religious-based hate crimes, while sentencing provisions that prescribe sexual orientation, disability…

Examining the Impacts of Hate Crimes Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

Examining the Impacts of Hate Crimes Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People

By Professor Rupert Brown, Mark Walters and Jennifer Paterson, University of Sussex In 2015/2016 there were 7,194 recorded hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation hostility and a further 858 recorded incidents based on transgender identity hostility in England and Wales; rises of 29% and 41% from 2014/2015 respectively (Home Office, 2015/16). This may suggest improved…

Erosion of Social Support as a Function of Alt-right Xenophobia in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Erosion of Social Support as a Function of Alt-right Xenophobia in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Guest post by Professor Edward Dunbar Edward Dunbar is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. He also is a practicing psychologist based in metropolitan Los Angeles. He is the co-editor of the series “Hate Crimes as Domestic Terrorism” and the forthcoming “Indoctrination to Hate: Recruitment and Membership Techniques of Groups Pushing…

How much do we really know about disability hate crime?

How much do we really know about disability hate crime?

  This is a guest-post by Paul Dodenhoff. Paul is a former PhD student researching the motivation behind disability hate. He is a campaigner on a range of equality issues, as well as being a part-time writer/blogger for Disabled-World – writing about disability hate crime, discrimination and welfare reform. Firstly, disability hate crime is a unique…

Thinking about Orlando

Thinking about Orlando

By Jennifer Schweppe and Mark Walters The attack on the LGBTQI community in Orlando this weekend is reverberating across the globe. With 50 people dead and 53 injured at the time of writing, the mass shooting represents an attack, not just on Orlando, on Florida, or on the United States, but an attack on the…

Pervasive Racism: How public and political responses to a recent tragedy in Ireland’s Traveller Community were shaped by Anti-Traveller hostility

Pervasive Racism: How public and political responses to a recent tragedy in Ireland’s Traveller Community were shaped by Anti-Traveller hostility

Amanda Haynes, Sindy Joyce and Jennifer Schweppe Hate and Hostility Research Group, University of Limerick On Saturday the 10th of October 2015, a horrific fire devastated the homes of three families in Carrickmines in South Dublin, Ireland. Ten people, including five children and a pregnant woman, lost their lives. Fifteen survivors were left homeless following…

Disablist Hate Crime- A Suitable Case for Treatment

Disablist Hate Crime- A Suitable Case for Treatment

Professor Alan Roulstone outlines the complex dynamics of ‘vulnerability’ evident in socio-legal responses to disabilist hate crime.   Social scientists rightly attach scepticism to the latest crisis or moral panic-whether it emanates from government, print or social media. This scepticism is based on a healthy degree of doubt as to whether a social phenomenon is…

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