Hate Crimes: Causes, Controls, and Controversies

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Sage Publications, Incorporated, 2004 - Law - 293 pages
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Who perpetrates hate crimes and why? How do hate groups recruit members? Why does so much controversy surround hate crime legislation? While hate crimes are becoming a popular area of academic study, many important questions about hate crimes remain unanswered.

Hate Crimes: Causes, Controls, and Controversies addresses the many facets of hate crimes, providing a comprehensive examination of this complex problem. Author Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld explores the causes of prejudice, the history and operation of hate crime legislation, the activities of organized extremist groups, the international manifestations and solutions to hate crimes, and the consequences of hate crimes upon victims and communities. Considering a broad range of issues from a variety of perspectives, this multidisciplinary text includes the latest legal developments and cutting-edge social research.

To inspire and engage students, the author includes

Current and familiar topics such as hate on campus

A sampling of state hate crime laws

Information for starting an anti-hate campaign

First-person accounts from victims and perpetrators of hate crimes

Predictions about and recommendations for the future of hate crimes

Chapter conclusions, discussion questions, and Internet exercises

Designed to spark discussion in hate crimes courses for undergraduate and graduate students in criminology, criminal justice, and sociology, Hate Crimes will also be of interest to instructors teaching courses on victimology, violence, and race, ethnicity, and gender.

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Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld is Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice at California State University, Stanislaus, where she has taught since 1993. She received a Ph.D. in Psychology and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests include hate crimes, juvenile justice, and law and psychology. She is author of several books and book chapters, including a textbook on hate crimes, and she has co-edited a hate crimes reader as well.

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