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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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Hate Crime in Transitional Societies

Hate Crime in Transitional Societies

The Case of South Africa

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(p.126) 8 Hate Crime in Transitional Societies
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The Globalization of Hate
Author(s):

Duncan Breen

Ingrid Lynch

Juan Nel

Iole Matthews

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785668.003.0009

Addressing hate crime in South Africa is critical to nation-building and social cohesion efforts but measures taken so far have been piecemeal and prioritized particular types of hate crime as political pressures dictate. It is hoped that policy and legislation currently being developed on hate crime, hate speech, and intentional unfair discrimination will provide a foundation for greater coordination, consistency, and prioritization of efforts. This chapter explores the impact of South Africa’s past on current patterns of hate crime—with reference to similar challenges in another transitional society; provides an overview of violence targeting non-nationals and LGBTI people and victims’ struggles to access justice; and highlights positive steps taken by civil society to develop a hate crime monitoring mechanism in the absence of official monitoring of hate crime.

Keywords:   South Africa, transitional society, LGBTI, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, monitoring mechanisms, justice, social cohesion, nation-building

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