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Neil Chakraborti and Jon Garland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308768

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308768.001.0001

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Developing Themes on Young People, Everyday Multiculturalism and Hate Crime

Developing Themes on Young People, Everyday Multiculturalism and Hate Crime

(p.141) Ten Developing Themes on Young People, Everyday Multiculturalism and Hate Crime
Responding to hate crime

Stevie-Jade Hardy

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Multiculturalism and multiculturalist policies have come under increasing criticism within the last decade leading to a renewed emphasis on national identity, social cohesion and immigrant integration. Whilst these top-down debates continue there is a real danger that policy and to some extent academic research, is becoming out of touch with the lived reality of multiculturalism. Today, most of the world's societies are ethnically, religiously and culturally diverse, and it is within these micro-geographies that multiculturalism continues to shape everyday life. This chapter draws upon a study that uses the concept of everyday multiculturalism to explore how young, White British people negotiate, interpret and engage with ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. In addition, this chapter begins to consider whether the complexities and challenges that arise within the ‘everyday’ could account for the development and expression of racial and religiously motivated prejudice and even the commission of hate crime. This chapter concludes by highlighting potential areas for policy and practise development aimed at addressing the existing barriers between different communities, and consequently target the underlying motivations for hate crime perpetration.

Keywords:   hate crime, multiculturalism, young people

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