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The Globalization of HateInternationalizing Hate Crime?$
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Jennifer Schweppe and Mark Austin Walters

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198785668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785668.001.0001

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Defining Hate Crime Internationally

Defining Hate Crime Internationally

Issues and Conundrums

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(p.15) 1 Defining Hate Crime Internationally
Source:
The Globalization of Hate
Author(s):

Jon Garland

Corinne Funnell

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785668.003.0002

Hate crime is a phenomenon that has received increasing global recognition as an important social problem. Yet, despite this positive development there appears to be a lack of understanding of exactly what hate crime is, how related legislation should work and which groups should be protected by it. This chapter debates these issues via the undertaking of a comparative study of the situations in Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. It examines how hate crime law works in various contexts, pulling out key similarities and differences in how nation states frame their legislation. The chapter suggests that while there are some important commonalities in the way states conceive of hate crimes, the differences between them are worryingly significant, and there may be some nations that have an acute problem of hate crime yet few effective measures in place to combat it.

Keywords:   targeted victimization, hate crime, human rights, global perspectives, legislative frameworks, protected groups, OSCE, politics of justice

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