Ethnic hate crime in Australia: diversity and change in the neighbourhood context

Benier, Kathryn, Wickes, Rebecca and Higginson, Angela (2015) Ethnic hate crime in Australia: diversity and change in the neighbourhood context. British Journal of Criminology, 56 3: 479-496. doi:10.1093/bjc/azv067

Author Benier, Kathryn
Wickes, Rebecca
Higginson, Angela
Title Ethnic hate crime in Australia: diversity and change in the neighbourhood context
Journal name British Journal of Criminology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-0955
Publication date 2015-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/bjc/azv067
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 56
Issue 3
Start page 479
End page 496
Total pages 18
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject 2734 Pathology and Forensic Medicine
3207 Social Psychology
1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
3308 Law
Abstract Ecological theories of racially or ethnically motivated hate crime are largely derived from the United States, where racial segregation is highly pronounced. The extent to which these theories explain hate crime in more ethnically integrated countries is presently unclear. We focus on the neighbourhood characteristics influencing self-reported hate crime for 4,396 residents in a city experiencing growing ethnic diversity. We find that the neighbourhood antecedents of hate crime in the Australian context differ from those seen in the United States. While residents speaking a language other than English is a powerful predictor of incidents, neither residential mobility nor increases in in-migration are associated with hate victimization, and neighbourhood place attachment decreases the likelihood of victimization. Our findings suggest that ecological theories of hate crime derived from the United States may be limited in their applicability in multi-ethnic settings.
Keyword bias crime
defended neighbourhood
Hate crime
targeted crime
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID RO700002
Institutional Status UQ

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