New Directions in Hate Reporting Research: Agency, Heterogeneity and Relationality

Donovan, Catherine, Clayton, John and Macdonald, Stephen (2018) New Directions in Hate Reporting Research: Agency, Heterogeneity and Relationality. Sociological Research Online. ISSN 13607804

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The third-party hate reporting project Arch, based in the north-east of England, has one of the largest datasets on third-party reporting of hate incidents/crime in the UK. Spanning a 10-year period from 2005, this dataset, though limited, provides a unique opportunity to trace the patterns of those reporting hate, based on ‘race’ and faith, sexuality and transgender identity, and disability. Focusing on reports of hate, based on perceived sexuality and/or transgender identities, the article considers the timing, location, and nature of hate crimes/incidents reported, as well as some of the patterns in the repeat reporting data. This is done to suggest three features of those who are victimised by hate crime/incidents. First,
they can be understood as agentic, indeed, of inhabiting transformative identities: not only do they challenge their perceived stigmatised identities by reporting their hate experiences, but by doing so they reframe the identities of those normals who enact hate as stigmatised. Second, they are heterogeneous, with multiple, intersecting identities, different experiences of hate, and responses to them. Third, we suggest that, by drawing on the parallels between
domestic violence and hate, it might be more fruitful to think of those who report repeat victimisations, especially of apparently ‘low level’ experiences, as being caught up in hate relationships. In conclusion, a new agenda is suggested for hate research to include a focus on agency, heterogeneity, and relationality.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Community and Youth Work
Social Sciences > Criminology
Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Centre for Applied Social Sciences
Faculty of Education and Society
Depositing User: Stephen Macdonald
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2018 11:16
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2018 13:41

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