Introduction: Exploring Disability Hate Crime

  • David Wilkin
Part of the Palgrave Hate Studies book series (PAHS)


This chapter introduces the monograph. In doing this, it outlines the author’s recent research into disability hate crime and the motivation behind it. Whilst the particular focus of the author’s work was to understand the hostility enacted against disabled people through a focus on UK public transport, the chapter also explains how hate crime is defined in the UK. The nuances of disability hate crime are presented along with the two most recognised models of disability used. An overview of crime on public transport in general terms is given before the structure of the monograph is presented. The chapter is about breaking new ground. Research of this nature has mainly been avoided to date as has the routine inclusion of disabled people in research. It was the personal and academic aspirations of the author which drove this project as well as the unearthing of the plight of some disabled passengers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CriminologyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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