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Hate Crimes and Ethnoviolence

Hate Crimes and Ethnoviolence

The History, Current Affairs, and Future of Discrimination in America
February 2009
Trade Paperback · 208 Pages
$32.00 U.S. · $37.00 CAN · £21.99 U.K. · €22.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813344454
Westview Press

 

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Over the past twenty years, Howard J. Ehrlich conducted the first national surveys of ethnoviolence, helped design the protocol for identifying hate crimes, and has served as the director of The Prejudice Institute. This collection of essays is the result of his unparalleled research in this vital area of study. Ehrlich introduces the ten dimensions of America’s social heritage that are necessary for a complete understanding of prejudice and coherently explains the complex differences between ethnoviolence and hate crimes. Through analysis of network television news programs and in-depth interviews with newspaper editors and reporters, Ehrlich explores how our mainstream media maintains racial and ethnic stereotypes. Case studies (the Oklahoma City bombing, Rodney King riots, Columbine High School shootings, and Hurricane Katrina) show how traumatic events are manipulated by political elites and the news media to shape intergroup relations. Ehrlich concludes with a personal and political look at the concentration of power in the United States and the increasing incidence of political ignorance as a tool of oppression.

About the Author

Howard J. Ehrlich is the director of The Prejudice Institute (formerly the National Institute Against Prejudice and Violence) and the recipient of the Sociological Practice Award from the Society for the Applied Study of Sociology and the SAGES Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Ehrlich conducted the first national survey of ethnoviolence, helped design the protocol for identifying hate crimes, and wrote and produced the nationally syndicated radio program The Great Atlantic Radio Conspiracy for which he won nine national awards for documentary productions.