Racist Offenders and the Politics of “Hate Crime”

Ray, Larry J. and Smith, David (2001) Racist Offenders and the Politics of “Hate Crime”. Law and Critique, 12 (3). pp. 203-221. ISSN 0957-8536. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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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
Uncontrolled keywords: civilizing processes - complexity and regulating emotions - hate crime legislation - modernity - Oldham - policing of hate - racism - violence
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Larry Ray
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2008 12:34
Last Modified: 02 May 2014 15:46
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/6285 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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