Publication Date: 25/03/2021 ISBN: 9780571357062 Category:

The Science of Hate

Matthew Williams

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 25/03/2021 ISBN: 9780571357062 Category:
Paperback / Softback




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.

‘An important read, combining an expert use of data with moving, personal storytelling. A key text for how we live now.’

‘Utterly brilliant . . . Williams’ 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, author of The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being

‘This is an incredibly powerful, important and valuable book on what causes hate and how we can help prevent and defeat it.’

‘Fascinating and beautifully written. I heartily recommend it.’

Drawing on twenty years of pioneering research as well as his own experience as a hate-crime victim, world-renowned criminologist Matthew Williams explores one of the most pressing issues of our age: with hate crimes at an all-time high, what motivates people to commit them and what can we do to help turn the tide?

Surveying human behaviour across the globe and reaching back through time, from our tribal ancestors in prehistory to artificial intelligence in the twenty-first century, The Science of Hate is a groundbreaking and surprising examination of the elusive ‘tipping point’ between prejudice and hate.

‘Fascinating. This is a key contribution to our understanding of the divides in our society, and how these can perhaps be repaired.’
DR PRAGYA AGARWAL, author of Sway

‘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.’

‘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.’

‘An indispensable guide to what’s gone wrong both here at home and in much of the Western world.’

‘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.’

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