This paper seeks to ascertain what exactly are the most important or relevant aspects of hate crime that we need to understand in order to address this most pernicious of acts. Whilst the UK conceptualization of hate crime was borne out of mass media attention on some key violent events, the official responses that followed were heavily shaped by a populist punitive view of how to address the issue. This paper discusses the limitations of the understanding of this issue and instead suggests a broader view of the underlying issue and causal factors as representative of patterns of prejudice and inequalities in modern society.
Pratt, K. (2016) ' The Utility of Key Hate Crime Concepts', Plymouth Law and Criminal Justice Review, 8, pp. 125-130. Available at: https://pearl.plymouth.ac.uk/handle/10026.1/9026