The Lived Experience of Hate Crime

Towards a Phenomenological Approach

  • Michael Salter
  • Kim McGuire

Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 111)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Analysis and Descriptive Explication

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Salter, Kim McGuire
      Pages 3-35
    3. Michael Salter, Kim McGuire
      Pages 37-51
    4. Michael Salter, Kim McGuire
      Pages 53-88
    5. Michael Salter, Kim McGuire
      Pages 89-137
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 281-286

About this book


This book approaches the topic of the subjective, lived experience of hate crime from the perspective of Husserlian phenomenology. It provides an experientially well-grounded account of how and what is experienced as a hate crime, and what this reveals about ourselves as the continually reconstituted “subject” of such experiences.

The book shows how qualitative social science methods can be better grounded in philosophically informed theory and methodological practices to add greater depth and explanatory power to experiential approaches to social sciences topics.  The Authors also highlight several gaps and contradictions within Husserlian analyses of prejudice, which are exposed by attempts to concretely apply this approach to the field of hate crimes.

Coverage includes the difficulties in providing an empathetic understanding of expressions of harmful forms of prejudice underlying hate crimes, including hate speech, arising from our own and others’ ‘life worlds’. The Authors describe a ‘Husserlian-based’ view of hate crime as well as a novel interpretation of the value of the comprehensive methodological stages pioneered by Husserl.

The intended readership includes those concerned with discrimination and hate crime, as well as those involved in qualitative research into social topics in general. The broader content level makes this work suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students, even professionals within law enforcement.


Criminology Experiential Methodology Grounded Theory Hate Crime and Phenomenology Husserl Interpretive Social Science Lived Experience Memory and Victimization Phenomenology of Embodiment Qualitative Research Methods

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Salter
    • 1
  • Kim McGuire
    • 2
  1. 1.Lancashire Law SchoolUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  2. 2.Lancashire Law SchoolUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-33886-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-33888-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0923-9545
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1915
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