Defining hate

Baghdadi, A 2014, Defining hate , MPhil thesis, University of Salford.

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This study explores how a sample of British Muslims in contemporary society experience and define “hate” and “hate crime”. The research was conducted in Northwest England utilising a qualitative phenomenological methodological approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted within two community centres, where British Muslims volunteered as participants for the study. The participants were encouraged to freely articulate their experiences and to address the main objective of the research – to define hate. The findings showed that there was a distinct gap between formal or legal definitions of “hate” and the everyday notion of how hate was conceived and experienced by the sample population of Muslims in this study. As British Muslims, the participants also raised the growing concern of Islamophobia and the impact it had on their lives, with some defining hate and hate crime through this phenomenon. This study adds to the growing literature on hate crime and primarily addresses the lived experiences of British Muslims in contemporary society. It is hoped that this study will provide a future framework for those studying and working within the area of hate related crime by addressing the importance of victimology and lived experiences when dealing with the complex issue of hate.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Depositing User: A Baghdadi
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2014 15:45
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:07

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