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Between hate and vulnerability : Unpacking the British criminal justice system's construction of disablist hate crime

Roulstone, A, Thomas, P and Balderston, S 2011, 'Between hate and vulnerability : Unpacking the British criminal justice system's construction of disablist hate crime' , Disability and Society, 26 (3) , pp. 351-364.

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Abstract

Hate crime is now an established term in the fields of racist and religious attacks and is acknowledged in the cultural proscription against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women. Disabled people, as so often is the case, are late in being afforded statutory recognition in hate crime. This can be explained in terms of wider constructions of disability and more pernicious and muddled constructions of disabled people as categorically ‘Vulnerable’. This construction has arguably weakened the impetus to introducing hate crime provisions and legal justice for disabled people. There is now ample evidence of hate crime being evident and pervasive in the lives of many disabled people. By drawing on two English studies of disablist hate crime, this paper draws out key aspects of hate crime policy and practice, and challenges the constructions of disability, hate and vulnerability currently operating.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Society
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0968-7599
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Funders: Northumbria Police
Depositing User: Dr Susie Balderston
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2015 09:51
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:27
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34702

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