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The Science of Hate

Matthew Williams

Why do people commit hate crimes? A world-leading criminologist explores the tipping point between prejudice and hate crime, analysing human behaviour across the globe and throughout history in this vital book.

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Audio book
ISBN
9780571357093
Date Published
30.03.2021
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Summary

Why do people commit hate crimes? A world-leading criminologist explores the tipping point between prejudice and hate crime, analysing human behaviour across the globe and throughout history in this vital book.

‘An important read, combining an expert use of data with moving, personal storytelling. A key text for how we live now.’
DAVID BADDIEL

‘Utterly brilliant . . . Williams’ forensic dissection of hate reveals its insidious power ?— but also its weaknesses. This book is not just about how and why hate happens ?— it’s about how to combat it.’
ALICE ROBERTS, author of The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being

‘This is an incredibly powerful, important and valuable book on what causes hate and how we can help prevent and defeat it.’
PETER TATCHELL

‘Fascinating and beautifully written. I heartily recommend it.’
HUGO RIFKIND, TIMES RADIO

Drawing on twenty years of pioneering research as well as his own experience as a hate-crime victim, world-renowned criminologist Matthew Williams explores one of the most pressing issues of our age: with hate crimes at an all-time high, what motivates people to commit them and what can we do to help turn the tide?

Surveying human behaviour across the globe and reaching back through time, from our tribal ancestors in prehistory to artificial intelligence in the twenty-first century, The Science of Hate is a groundbreaking and surprising examination of the elusive ‘tipping point’ between prejudice and hate.

‘Fascinating. This is a key contribution to our understanding of the divides in our society, and how these can perhaps be repaired.’
DR PRAGYA AGARWAL, author of Sway

‘Williams is masterful at making this complex topic accessible, so we can all better understand hate and the dark side of human behaviour and finally start to tackle it.’
NOVA REID

‘Fascinating . . . A harrowing but illuminating work, being released at a time when hate appears to be on the ascendency but far from trying to stop it, some of the world’s most powerful people seem to be using it to manipulate millions . . . At times it reads more like a thriller.’
EVENING STANDARD

An indispensable guide to what’s gone wrong both here at home and in much of the Western world.’
THE HERALD

‘What motivates hate crime and how can it be reduced? These questions cross disciplinary boundaries in the social sciences, from criminology to sociology and psychology. So, too, does The Science of Hate, expertly weaving together perspectives from different disciplines, to explore these questions.’
THE PSYCHOLOGIST

Critic Reviews

An important read, combining an expert use of data with moving, personal storytelling. A key text for how we live now.

David Baddiel
Critic Reviews

Powerful . . . From personal histories to broader social patterns, from individual criminal cases to the latest neuroscience and psychology, Matthew Williams’ brilliant forensic dissection of hate reveals its insidious power — but also its weaknesses. This book is not just about how and why hate happens — it’s about how to combat it.

Alice Roberts
Critic Reviews

This is an incredibly powerful, important and valuable book on what causes hate and how we can help prevent and defeat it.

Peter Tatchell
Critic Reviews

Fascinating . . . meticulously researched . . . written in a really accessible manner . . . expansive in approach and supplemented with so many real-world case studies. This is a really key contribution to our understanding of the divides in our society, and how these can perhaps be repaired.

Dr Pragya Agarwal
Critic Reviews

Williams is masterful at making this complex topic accessible, so we can all better understand hate and the dark side of human behaviour and finally, start to tackle it.

Nova Reid
Critic Reviews

Fascinating and beautifully written. I heartily recommend it.

Hugo Rifkind, Times Radio
MatthewWilliams

Matthew Williams is Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University, and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in hate crime. He advises and has conducted research for the UK Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the US Department of Justice and Google, among others. Williams also directs the ‘HateLab’, a multimillion-pound global hub…

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