Asian Journal of Criminology

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 91–93 | Cite as

Chakraborti, N (2010) Hate crime: concepts, policy, future directions, Devon: Willan Publishing, ISBN 978-1-84392-779-2, £22.99 (paperback), 264 pages

Reviewed by Dr. Theo Gavrielides, Director of Independent Academic Research Studies (UK), Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Open University (UK) and a Visiting Scholar at Mount Royal University (Canada)
  • Theo GavrielidesEmail author
Book Review

Although hate crime is considered an ancient phenomenon, it arrived relatively late on the political and policy agendas worldwide. It is also not until recently that criminologists started to seriously think about the issues surrounding it. The lack of consensus, for example, around what constitutes a ‘hate crime’ both legally and socially, made the studying of this phenomenon even more difficult.

The truth is that post the September 11th tragic events, hate crimes have become a significant area of concern for public policy. For example, soon after September 11th, Human Rights Watch warned the US government that its officials should have been better prepared for the hate crime wave that followed the terrorist attacks (e.g. an increase of 1700% was recorded in anti-Muslim bias crime). The violence that followed September 11thwas directed at people solely because they shared – or were perceived as sharing – the national background, or religion, of the hijackers and al-Qaeda members....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS)LondonUK

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