23 January 2019

Seminar: New directions in hate reporting research: agency, heterogeneity and relationality

On Wednesday 13th February 2019, the Centre for Criminological Research hosted a seminar on hate reporting by Professor Catherine Donovan from Durham University, UK.

Students in a Sociology lecture in the Elmfield lecture theatre

Seminar description

The third party hate reporting project Arch, based in the North East of England, has one of the largest datasets on third party reporting of hate incidents/crime in the UK. Spanning a 10 year period from 2005, this dataset, though limited, provides a unique opportunity to trace the patterns of those reporting hate, based on ‘race’ and faith, sexuality and trans gender identity, and disability. Focusing on reports of hate, based on perceived sexuality and/or transgender identities, we considered the timing, location and nature of hate crimes/incidents reported, as well as some of the patterns in the repeat reporting data. This is done to suggest three features of those who are victimised by hate crime/incidents:

  • First, they can be understood as agentic, indeed, of inhabiting transformative identities: not only do they challenge their perceived stigmatised identities by reporting their hate experiences, but by doing so they reframe the identities of those normals who enact hate as stigmatised.
  • Second, they are heterogeneous, with multiple, intersecting identities, different experiences of hate and responses to them.
  • Third we suggest that, by drawing on the parallels between domestic violence and hate, it might be more fruitful to think of those who report repeat victimisations, especially of apparently ‘low level’ experiences, as being caught up in hate relationships.

In conclusion, a new agenda is suggested for hate research to include a focus on agency, heterogeneity and relationality.