Hate Crimes / Edition 1

Hate Crimes / Edition 1

by Valerie Jenness
     
 

ISBN-10: 020230602X

ISBN-13: 9780202306025

Pub. Date: 09/15/2007

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Violence directed at victimized groups because of their real or imagined characteristics is as old as humankind. Why, then, have "hate crimes" only recently become recog­nized as a serious social problem, especially in the United States? This book addresses a timely set of questions about the politics and dynamics of intergroup violence manifested as

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Overview

Violence directed at victimized groups because of their real or imagined characteristics is as old as humankind. Why, then, have "hate crimes" only recently become recog­nized as a serious social problem, especially in the United States? This book addresses a timely set of questions about the politics and dynamics of intergroup violence manifested as discrimination. It explores such issues as why injuries against some groups of people—Jews, people of color, gays and lesbians, and, on occasion, women and those with dis­abilities—have increasingly captured notice, while similar acts of bias-motivated violence continue to go unnoticed.

The authors offer empirically grounded, theoretically in­formed answers to the question: How is social change on this order possible? Their analysis of the dynamics draws upon three established traditions: the social constructionist approach; new social movements theory; and the new institutionalist approach to understanding change as a process of innovation and diffusion of cultural forms. In this case, new social movements have converged of late to sustain public discussions that put into question issues of "rights" and "harm" as they relate to a variety of minority constituencies.

The authors couple their general discussion with close attention to many particular anti-violence projects. They thereby develop a compelling theoretical argument about the social processes through which new social problems emerge, social policy is developed and diffused, and new cultural forms are institutionalized.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202306025
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Series:
Social Problems and Social Issues Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction
The Social Problem of Hate-Motivated Violence3
Social Problems and Victimization5
Social Movements and Collective Action Frames8
New Institutionalism and the Diffusion of Cultural Forms10
Empirical Focus and Data Collection13
Method of Analysis15
Overview of the Book16
2New Discourse on Violence and the Production of Hate Crimes
A History of Violence21
The Convergence of New Social Movements22
SMOs and Newfound Attention to an Old Problem31
The Politics of Violence and Attendant Legal Transformations36
The Extension of Victim Status to Multiple Constitutences44
3Discovering and Expanding the Domain
Antigay and Lesbian Violence49
The Establishment of Gay- and Lesbian-Sponsored Antiviolence Projects50
Coalition-Building around Intolerance55
Discovering and Documenting Violence59
Publicizing and Epidemic of Antigay and Lesbian Violence65
Expanding the Domain of the Problem69
4Framing the Problem
Data Collection and Beyond75
Crisis Intervention and Victim Assistance77
A New Form of Sexual Terrorism80
Educational Campaigns88
Street Patrols101
The Missing Gender103
Domain Expansion and Framing105
5Contemporary Antiviolence Against Women Campaigns
The Feminist Movement's Historic Focus on Violence111
Defining the Organizational Field113
State Coalitions114
National Organizations128
The Institutionalization of Structured Lines of Communication132
Setting the Stage for Innovation and Diffusion of Cultural Forms135
6Innovation and Diffusion of the Violence Against Women Act
Innovation and Diffusion of Cultural Forms139
Violence Against Women, Feminism, and the Law141
The Violence Against Women Act as an Innovative Idea144
A Key Element in the Institutional Environment151
At Play in the Field of Law157
Diffusion of a Policy Pedigree163
7Hate Crime as a Social Problem: Theoretical Implications
The Discovery of Victims and the Criminalization of Injuries171
Moving Beyond Hate: Theoretical Implications173
App. AGay- and Lesbian-Sponsored Antiviolence Projects in the United States183
App. BAn Overview of the Organizational Field187
References189
Statutes Cited207
Index208

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