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Hate crimes revisited : America's war against those who are different
Levin, Jack, 1941-
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Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2002.
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xii, 268 pages ; 23 cm
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Hate crimes-violence aimed at individuals because they are members of a particular group-were once considered the rare illegal actions of a small but vocal assortment of extremists who thrived on hating minorities. No more. In this new book by two of the country's leading experts on hate crimes, published ten years after their classic book of the same name, these most-recognized authorities and media commentators reinterpret this scourge of our generation-hatred based on race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, and even citizenship. In the aftermath of the worst act of terrorism in this country's history-the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001-the authors probe the causes and characteristics of such acts of hatred and, most vitally, their consequences for all of us.

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Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University
Jack Mcdevitt is a leading academic expert on hate crimes in America. He directs the Institute for Research on Race and Justice at Northeastern University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction Hate Crimes Reconsideredp. 1
1 Reign of Terror: The Root of All Evilp. 9
2 Nasty Pictures in Our Heads: Beliefs, Stereotypes, and Learning to Hatep. 27
3 Hatred Is Hot: The Mixed Messages of Pop Culturep. 37
4 Resentment: Motivations Behind the Hatep. 49
5 For the Thrill of It: The Strong Preying on the Weakp. 67
6 Defending Against a Personal Threat: To Hate Is to Protectp. 77
7 Ridding the World of Evil: Hate as a Delusional Missionp. 91
8 Brotherhood of Bigotry: Organized Hatred Across the Countryp. 99
9 Hate Goes to School: Still Alive and Well on Campusp. 115
10 Minority Against Minority: Pitched Battles of Hatep. 133
11 Hatred Around the World: Keeping Foreigners Outp. 143
12 Police Response: Training, Cultural Sensitivity, Internal Monitoring, and Taking a Hard Line Against Hate Crimesp. 155
13 Public Policy and the Law: How Hate Crimes are Prosecuted and Interpretedp. 171
14 Prevention: Stopping the Crimes and Offenders in Their Tracksp. 195
15 Community Response: Fighting Hate Crimes One Neighborhood at a Timep. 209
16 Revisiting Hate Crimesp. 219
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 255