Hate crime
in Northern Ireland and the crisis of anti-racism
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This chapter explores the limitations of a Race Relations approach to harassment through a critical examination of the most recent innovation in official anti-racism, hate crime policy, which formally came into operation in Northern Ireland in September 2004. It outlines some of the key features of hate crime policy and examines the political context and discussions which shaped the introduction of hate crimes law to the region. Hate crime policy is not just about projecting the values of a multicultural society, but also about establishing a multicultural infrastructure through which society is governed. Hate crime laws present racist and sectarian harassment as manifestations of prejudice. The idea of Protestants as particularly prejudiced or supportive of the negative treatment of immigrants, ethnic minorities and Catholics is a prominent feature of media and academic discussions.

Northern Ireland and the crisis of anti-racism

Rethinking racism and sectarianism

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