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The Science of Hate: How prejudice becomes hate and what we can do to stop it Paperback – 25 March 2021

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0571357067
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0571357062

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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

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

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 and beautifully written. I heartily recommend it. -- Hugo Rifkind ― Times Radio

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. -- David Marsland ― Evening Standard

An indispensable guide to what's gone wrong both here at home and in much of the Western world. -- Neil Mackay ― 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. -- Dr Siân E. Jones ― The Psychologist

An extraordinary book.BBC Radio Scotland

Professor Matthew Williams is one of the most noted scholars of cyber-hate in the world and has a particular gift for rendering complex analysis comprehensible. His interest in hate crime is long standing and it has been his passion to communicate his own deep understanding of the subject to a general audience. -- Professor Mike Levi, Cardiff University, Senior Research Fellow at RAND Europe and Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute

Professor Williams' expert analysis has been fundamental to several high-profile prime time TV documentaries on the rise of hate crime and speech. He has the unique ability to translate highly complex science into meaningful, accessible and impactful journalism that a mass audience can easily comprehend. -- Mark Alden, award-winning Series Producer / Director (formerly BBC/Panorama)

Book Description

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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