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Mind the Gap! Making Stronger Connections between Hate Crime Policy and Scholarship

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posted on 21.07.2015, 08:39 by Neil A. Chakraborti
With hostility and prejudice continuing to pose complex challenges for societies across the world, developments in hate crime scholarship and policy have facilitated a greater prioritization, improved understanding and collective action amongst a range of different actors, including law-makers and enforcers, non-governmental organisations, activists and ‘ordinary’ citizens. Despite this progress however, our collective responses to hate crime have been undermined by a disconnected approach to scholarship and policy. This article focuses on a series of problems which are created and reinforced through such an approach. This includes the limited reach of hate crime scholarship, and specifically the perception that academic theorising is often too detached from the everyday realities confronting those who respond to – or live with – the consequences of hate crime in the ‘real world’. Equally problematic is policy which is not empirically-driven or linked to academic knowledge, or which is based on tokenistic, cynical or ‘tick-box’ foundations. The article draws from these faultlines to underline the symbiotic relationship between hate crime scholarship and policy-formation: one where policyformation needs academic substance to be fit for purpose; and where scholarship needs to inform policy to have any lasting ‘real-world’ value to responses to hate crime.

History

Citation

Criminal Justice Policy Review August 10, 2015 0887403415599641

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Criminology

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Criminal Justice Policy Review August 10

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US), American Society of Public Administration, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Criminology, Northeastern Academy, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, Northeastern A

issn

0887-4034

eissn

1552-3586

Acceptance date

11/05/2015

Copyright date

2015

Available date

20/08/2015

Publisher version

http://cjp.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/08/10/0887403415599641.abstract

Language

en