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The spatial dynamics of everyday ‘hate crime’

Paul Iganski

in 'Hate crime' and the city

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349408
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302476 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349408.003.0003
The spatial dynamics of everyday ‘hate crime’

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This chapter shows that the geography of space and place clearly plays a role in generating encounters between offenders and victims. It therefore mediates between the background structural context of ‘hate crime’ and the foreground of offending and victimisation. The chapter presents a number of hypotheses concerning the spatial dynamics of ‘hate crime’ and explores their salience for understanding ‘hate crime’ in the city. It uses previously unpublished police data from London on ‘race-hate’ incidents to examine the geography of ‘hate crime’. In particular, it considers the spatial dynamics of victims' experiences of ‘hate crime’ using previously unpublished statistical data on incidents provided by London's Metropolitan Police Service. The chapter also discusses inter-group friction and ‘race-hate crime’, power differentials and ‘race-hate crime’, the ‘defended neighbourhoods hypothesis’, and the political economy of ‘hate crime’.

Keywords: London; hate crime; spatial dynamics; race-hate crime; political economy; inter-group friction; defended neighbourhoods hypothesis; geography; victimisation; victims

Chapter.  8189 words.  Illustrated.

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