This book investigates the phenomenon of racist victimization in a number of countries, uncovering and analyzing its historical roots, its relation to the legal system in a particular national context, its extent and the response to it. Through the international comparative approach adopted and the broad geographical range of studies presented, including national settings which have so far been largely ignored by the literature on racist victimization, the volume offers a truly international perspective on an important social, political and academic issue. As such, Racist Victimization: International Reflections and Perspectives will constitute essential reading not only for sociologists and socio-legal scholars, but for anyone working in the field of race and ethnicity, crime and justice, criminology, victimology or policing.
John Winterdyk lectures in the department of Justice Studies at Mount Royal College, Canada and Georgios Antonopoulos is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Teesside, UK.
'This work represents a well-balanced and timely foray into an examination of racist victimisation, an area all too often ignored by researchers in the past. The editors have managed to bring together a group of highly-respected international scholars to examine this issue and the result is a volume that is not only empirically rigorous, but also easily lends itself to informing policy and practice.' Jeffrey Pfeifer, University of Regina, Canada 'The chapters in this book make a strong case (from victimological perspectives) for all of us to look beyond (but not ignore) isolated violent incidents to the much wider arenas of social, political and economic relations. Being impressed by the content, however, is not enough. Being stirred to confront racial victimisation would be a true testament to the worth of this vanguard of a global victimology.' Michael O'Connell, Commissioner for Victim's Rights, Melbourne, Australia 'In this timely volume, the editors have convened an international group of researchers to cover the victimization of these groups. Whether Afro-Caribbean, Aboriginal, Black, Asian, Moroccan, Turkish, Chinese, Roma, or Gypsy, the editors state, all these groups have something in common. Namely, they suggest, members of these groups are defi ned in terms of danger, fear, and (national) insecurity and, as a consequence, have been prejudiced and victimized.' Crime Victims Report