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Responding to hate crimeThe case for connecting policy and research$
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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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Introduction and overview

Introduction and overview

(p.1) Introduction and overview
Responding to hate crime

Neil Chakraborti

Jon Garland

Policy Press

Hate crime poses complex challenges for societies across the world, and this has been recognised through what at face value appears to be a greater prioritisation and improved understanding at an academic and policy level. Nonetheless, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in this field have often operated on separate lines without having sufficient regard for the benefits of working in tandem. This introduction outlines the problems that are created and reinforced through a polarised approach to hate crime, and makes the case for strengthening the connections between policy and research: put simply, policy-formation needs academic substance in order to be fit for purpose, while scholarship needs to inform policy in order to have any lasting ‘real-world’ value to responses to hate crime. Drawing from the expertise of leading hate crime scholars, practitioners and activists the book illustrates that policy-driven research and research-driven policy hold the key to developing long-term, effective and sustainable responses to hate crime.

Keywords:   hate, scholarship, policy, practitioners, activism

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