A tale of two anomies: some observations on the contribution of (sociological) criminological theory to explaining hate crime motivation

Hopkins Burke, R.D. and Pollock, E., 2004. A tale of two anomies: some observations on the contribution of (sociological) criminological theory to explaining hate crime motivation. Internet Journal of Criminology.

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Abstract

This paper argues that hate crime is simply an inherent and normal component of contemporary society. Regardless of a concerted intervention – legislative, situational and social crime prevention – against this significant social problem in the USA and Europe in recent years, there remains a ubiquitous, albeit often latent, continued existence of hate motivation throughout society which remains at a considerable and increasing risk of actualisation as individuals come into contact with other likeminded individuals. This is particularly an issue in the information age which has greatly enhanced the spatial proximity of these hate-minded people to each other. It is shown that an established body of sociologically informed criminological theory – in particular that founded on the European and US anomie traditions – can be adapted to explain and understand the existence and persistence of hate motivation at all levels of the social world. This provides the basis for an extensive educative - and thus preventive - programme to tackle pervasive cultures of hate.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Internet Journal of Criminology
Creators: Hopkins Burke, R.D. and Pollock, E.
Publisher: FlashmousePublishing Ltd.
Date: 2004
Rights: Internet Journal of Criminology (IJC) © 2004
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:48
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 14:23
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3204

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