Understanding Hate Crimes
Acts, Motives, Offenders, Victims, and Justice
Routledge – 2015 – 256 pages
Routledge – 2015 – 256 pages
Hate crimes and lesser acts of bigotry and intolerance are constants in today’s world. Since 1990 the federal government has monitored hate crime incidents in the United States. While the numbers are disturbing, even more devastating is the impact of these crimes on individuals, communities, and society.
This comprehensive textbook serves as a stand-alone source for instructors and students who study hate crimes and/or other related acts. This text invites consideration of relevant social mores and practices as well as criminal justice policy as they relate to hate crimes by presenting a thorough and complete presentation of the subject in context.
A comprehensive single source, efficient and a useful option for both instructors and students which also assesses hate crimes policy.
Petrosino challenges us to engage with some of the fundamental questions associated with hate crimes, and to think more critically about their nature, causation and implications. Written accessibly and authoritatively throughout, this text underlines the importance of seeing hate crime as a human problem which requires interventions beyond simply the immediate or the obvious.
Dr Neil Chakraborti, Director of the Leicester Centre for Hate Studies, University of Leicester, UK
In the last two decades or so hate crime has become a significant global cause for concern. Drawing upon her own vast experience and expertise in the area, Carolyn Petrosino has written a fascinating and accessible book that offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of the complex field of hate crime. She offers insightful analysis of not just the harmful effects of hate, but also of the motivations and profiles of offenders, both from a US and international perspective. I’ve no doubt Understanding Hate Crimes will become a key texts for academics, students and practitioners.
Jon Garland, Reader in Criminology, University of Surrey, UK
Thoughtful, well-written, and broad in scope, this book provides a strong overview of hate crime. Researchers and students in a variety of disciplines will find this text enlightening and accessible. Professor Petrosino brings a fresh perspective to a topic still badly in need of more study.
Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld, J.D., Ph.D., California State University, Stanislaus, USA
Foreword & Preface 1. Introduction - An overview 2. A History of Hate in America 3. The Evolution toward Modern Hate Crime Laws 4. The Criminology of Hate Crime 5. Perpetrators – What do we know about them? 6. Victims – Who are they? 7. Criminal Justice System Responses 8. International Perspectives 9. The Future of Hate Crimes
Carolyn Petrosino is Professor of Criminal Justice in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University and was the founding chair of the Criminal Justice Department. She was appointed to the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Advisory Council during the 1990s. In addition, she was invited to Capitol Hill in 2002 to participate in a Congressional Briefing on the state of hate crime research and public policy in the United States. She is a recipient of the 2003 Pro Humanitate Award from the Child Welfare Policy Center of the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare. She recently coauthored a book, American Corrections, which is now in its second edition. Her primary research focus is on hate crimes. She has published several articles and book chapters on hate crimes on topics such as the history of hate crime in America, affiliation dynamics and recruitment practices of hate groups, and the nature and scope of anti-Black hate crimes. Her next project focuses on communities, collective efficacy, and community response to hate crimes.