Hate Crimes Revisited: America's War on Those Who Are Different / Edition 1

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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.

This expose goes beyond bemoaning our present crisis by setting forth practical guidelines on how to stem the rising tide of hate. The authors courageously force readers not only to face the spiraling problem around them, but the prejudices within themselves.

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Editorial Reviews

Morris Dees
I challenge anyone interested in the future of our country to read this book. (Morris Dees, Chairman, Executive Committee, Klanwatch, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama)
Bruce McCabe
Levin and McDevitt have performed an invaluable public service with this book.
The Boston Globe
Morris Dees
This illuminating and well-research book provides the tools necessary to understand the dimensions of violence based on hatred.
William Johnson
This book is a wake-up call for America. —Massachusetts
Bruce McCabe
Levin and McDevitt have performed an invaluable public service with this book, which not only dissects hate crimes but the roots of hate itself. —The Boston Globe
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Levin, a professor of sociology and criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, and McDevitt, the associate director of the Center for Applied Resarch at the same school, report that hate crimes against women, ethnic and racial minorities and homosexuals are on the rise, although they note that the statistics may show an increase because more such crimes are now reported. They argue that ``hatred is hip,'' as shown by the popularity of bigoted comics and heavy metal and rap groups; they point out that many perpetrators of hate crimes were raised in violent homes and harbor deep resentments, and that they may be seeking thrills or something to do, or that they may believe they are ridding the world of evil. In a study that lacks comprehensive analysis, Lewin and McDevitt maintain that prison probation and community service as punishment for hate crimes have not proved effective, and they conclude that the answer lies in community response. (May)
The authors itemize in detail case after case of crimes that fall into a category called "hate crimes," a category which they concede encompasses a wide range of motivations and circumstances. Their purpose seems to be to sound an alarm--easy to do with graphic descriptions of violent crimes--but they offer little beyond the superficial to explain the "why" of such a trend, and their suggestions for how to make things better are also superficial. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813339221
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 938,408
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Hate Crimes Reconsidered 1
1 Reign of Terror: The Root of All Evil 9
2 Nasty Pictures in Our Heads: Beliefs, Stereotypes, and Learning to Hate 27
3 Hatred Is Hot: The Mixed Messages of Pop Culture 37
4 Resentment: Motivations Behind the Hate 49
5 For the Thrill of It: The Strong Preying on the Weak 67
6 Defending Against a Personal Threat: To Hate Is to Protect 77
7 Ridding the World of Evil: Hate as a Delusional Mission 91
8 Brotherhood of Bigotry: Organized Hatred Across the Country 99
9 Hate Goes to School: Still Alive and Well on Campus 115
10 Minority Against Minority: Pitched Battles of Hate 133
11 Hatred Around the World: Keeping Foreigners Out 143
12 Police Response: Training, Cultural Sensitivity, Internal Monitoring, and Taking a Hard Line Against Hate Crimes 155
13 Public Policy and the Law: How Hate Crimes are Prosecuted and Interpreted 171
14 Prevention: Stopping the Crimes and Offenders in Their Tracks 195
15 Community Response: Fighting Hate Crimes One Neighborhood at a Time 209
16 Revisiting Hate Crimes 219
Notes 231
Bibliography 249
Index 255
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