Conclusions: understanding 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:
Conclusions: understanding everyday ‘hate crime’

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This book has focused squarely on the foreground of ‘hate crime’ — informed largely by victims' accounts and reports of incidents to the police and in victimisation surveys. This chapter draws out the synergies as well as the divergences between some key themes in the book and elements of the ‘criminologies of everyday life’. It argues that ‘hate crime’ laws are an explicit attack on the background structure that provides the context for the motivating impulses in acts of ‘hate crime’. Such laws are intended ultimately to reweave the structural fabric by legislating morality. However, given that the problem of ‘hate crime’ has been framed as a human rights problem, state intervention, when it legislates against ‘hate’, involves the state either as the guarantor or alternatively the violater of the human rights of its citizens, depending upon which perspective is taken. In this vein, the chapter concludes by exploring the clash of rights involved in the troubling nexus between ‘hate crime’ and ‘hate speech’.

Keywords: victims; hate crime; criminologies; human rights; state; hate speech; laws; victimisation

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