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Racist offenders and the politics of 'hate crime'.

Ray, Larry and Smith, David B. (2001) Racist offenders and the politics of 'hate crime'. Law and Critique, 12 (3). pp. 203-221. ISSN 0957-8536

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Abstract

In the UK and USA ‘Hate crime’ has become a topic of public controversy and social mobilization around issues of violence and harassment. This has largely but not exclusively addressed racism, homophobia and gender based violence. This article has three objectives. First, to situate hate crime legislation within a broad theory of modernity;secondly to examine the politics of its emergence as a public issue; thirdly to use data from the authors' recent research in Greater Manchester to illuminate the complexity of the concept of ‘hate crime’. The centrality of ‘hate crime’ to current debates derives from the importance of rights-based regulation of complex societies and the juridical management of emotional life. Hatred and violence have become problematic behaviour thrown into relief by a long term civilizing process. Hate crimes have thus acquired powerful rhetorical focus for mobilization of victim and identity politics. With reference to racist violence in Oldham and elsewhere in Greater Manchester, we argue that in its application and construction, however, ‘hate crime’ is a complex phenomenon that might dramatize rather than regulate the problems it seeks to address.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Law and Critique
Uncontrolled Keywords: civilizing processes - complexity and regulating emotions - hate crime legislation - modernity - Oldham - policing of hate - racism - violence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 13762
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2008 09:15
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:12
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13762

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