Book review: Iganski, P. (2008) Hate Crime’ and the city Bristol: Policy Press

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  • Laura Nettleingham (Senior Researcher, HM Inspectorate of Prisons Email: laura.nettleingham@hmiprisons.gsi.gov.uk )

The primary aim of the book is to understand the dynamics of ‘hate crime’, through a victim centred approach. Iganski focuses on social circumstances to explore why some offend and others don’t, using the city of London as a case study. Literature and existing theories in the UK are limited and problematic and it’s these analytical gaps that the author, successfully tries to fill. Iganski addresses the conceptual issues around the term ‘hate crime’ which leads to the interesting and appealing alternative of ‘hate crime’ as a policy domain which encapsulates previously disparate fields to create a synergy between different forms of oppression and discriminatory violence.

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