American Skinheads: The Criminology and Control of Hate Crime

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ABC-CLIO, 1994 - Social Science - 243 pages
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American Skinheads is the first criminological analysis of organized hate crime violence. Mark Hamm presents historical specificity for a modern theory of hate crime, then rigorously tests the theory with interview data derived from skinheads who have committed an array of violent acts against persons because of their race, religion, or sexual preference--people who are members of the classic outgroups of American society.

Part One traces the roots of the Skinhead Nation through the Beats, Mods, Hippies, and Punks in London, and then examines the rise of the Neo-Nazi Skinheads in the United States, including a look at Neo-Nazi offshoots (Romantic Violence, The Aryan Youth Movement), recruiters (Tom Metzger), and recruitment tools ("W.A.R. Magazine" and "Hotline," electronic mail, "Race and Reason"), and appearances on the Oprah Winfrey and Geraldo Rivera shows. In Part Two, Hamm discusses the accepted sociological perspectives on terrorist youth subcultures (not gangs), then presents findings of his own study of 36 skinheads, including social and economic characteristics, psychological profiles, the role of skinhead girls, use of drugs and weapons, satanism, and neo-fascism. Part Three assesses the future for American Neo-Nazism and recommends steps for preventing skinhead terrorism.


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To say the least, what was available of the book to read mentioned none of the non-racist elements of skinheadism today, mentioned none of the reactions to racism in the smaller skinhead scene, and frankly ignored any non-racist skinead article after the seventies. Furthermore, Condemned 84 which was mentioned is not a white power band, and american skinheadism started in Washington DC with oi! bands such as Iron cross and Agnostic Front. This book is misinformation, and out of the preview pages given, montions only negative, mistruthful, rants against skinheadism.
on another note, suggesting that all skinheads participated in gay bashing and Queer bashing is ridiculous. I do however believe the fights against the hippies.
If you buy this, I'd recommend learning about Traditionalist/Oi! skinhead culture today.



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About the author (1994)

Mark S. Hamm is a former prison warden from Arizona and currently Professor of Criminology at Indiana State University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Terrorism Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. His books include Terrorism as Crime: From Oklahoma City to Al-Qaeda and Beyond (NYU Press, 2007), and In Bad Company: America's Terrorist Underground. He is the recipient of the Frederick Milton Thrasher Award for Outstanding Gang Scholarship, and the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology.

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