The psychology of hate crime offenders who target Muslims

Who could be a hate crime offender?

Authored by: Jane Prince

The Routledge International Handbook of Islamophobia

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815353751
eBook ISBN: 9781351135559
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351135559-7

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Abstract

Hate-crimes are viewed as being outside the ‘norm’ of criminal behaviour, yet the questions that needs to be considered are whether perpetrators of such crimes form a specific psychological subgroup of the offender population, and if so, how members of such a sub-group are identified, and what interventions are appropriate both as a means of offending prevention and post-crime management of behaviour. This chapter reviews the existing literature on the psychology of hate crime offenders, the implications of these for preventative and restorative interventions (including the psychological implications for victims of hate crimes) and an understanding of the broader role of social groups in anti-Muslim criminal behaviours. Contemporary research from the United Kingdom, from Europe as well as from the US will be reviewed and discussed.

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