Synopses & Reviews
Hate crimes-violence aimed at individuals because they are members of a particular group-were once considered the rare illegal actions of a small but vocal assortment of extremists who thrived on hating minorities. No more. In this new book by two of the country's leading experts on hate crimes, published ten years after their classic book of the same name, these most-recognized authorities and media commentators reinterpret this scourge of our generation-hatred based on race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, and even citizenship. In the aftermath of the worst act of terrorism in this country's history-the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001-the authors probe the causes and characteristics of such acts of hatred and, most vitally, their consequences for all of us.
Violence aimed at individuals because they are members of a particular group was once considered to be the rare illegal activity of a small but vocal assortment of extremists who thrived on hating minorities. This book reveals that this is no longer the case, as hate crimes have swept the world.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-253) and index.
Two leading experts on hate crime reassess the threat of violence based on difference--whether in sexual orientation, race, gender, ethnicity, or citizenship-- to help us better understand and ultimately prevent such acts from occurring in the future
About the Author
Jack Levinis the Brudnick professor of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University, where he directs its Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence. He has written numerous books and articles about hate and violence, has been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, USA Today, and numerous radio and television news programs and talk shows. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Jack McDevitt is a leading academic expert on hate crimes in America. He directs the Institute for Research on Race and Justice at Northeastern University. An expert witness for a number of congressional panels on hate crimes, he lives in Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Hate crimes reconsidered -- Reign of terror: the root of all evil -- Nasty pictures in our heads: beliefs, stereotypes, and learning to hate -- Hatred is hot: the mixed messages of pop culture -- Resentment: motivations behind the hate -- For the thrill of it: the strong preying on the weak -- Defending against a personal threat: to hate is to protect -- Ridding the world of evil: hate as a delusional mission -- Brotherhood of bigotry: organized hatred across the country -- Hate goes to school: still alive and well on campus -- Minority against minority: pitched battles of hate -- Hatred around the world: keeping foreigners out -- Police response: training, cultural sensitivity, internal monitoring, and taking a hard line against hate crimes -- Public policy and the law: how hate crimes are prosecuted and interpreted -- Prevenntion: stopping the crimes and offenders in their tracks -- Community response: fighting hate crimes one neighborhood at a time --Revisiting hate crimes.