Hate Crime Policy and Disability

From Vulnerability to Ableism

By Seamus Taylor

Published

Sep 26, 2022

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529217872

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 26, 2022

Page count

248 pages

ISBN

978-1529217896

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Hate Crime Policy and Disability

Outlining the key developments of the Disability Hate Crime policy agenda, Seamus Taylor brings together a unique consideration of the theoretical and practical questions at its heart. This book analyses the contributions of activists, politicians, policy makers and criminal justice system practitioners to policy development, and critiques both the under-recognition of disability prejudice fuelled by ableism and the challenge of vulnerability in addressing disability hostility.

Concluding that a critically reflective approach on the part of policy makers and practitioners can lead to progress, the author gives clear policy recommendations to address current challenges in the Criminal Justice System.

“For the first time, this book effectively combines the historical context of activism, political obliviousness and a need for recognition from the victims of these heinous crimes.” David Wilkin, The Open University

Seamus Taylor is Head of Department in Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University, Ireland and previously Director of Equality and Diversity at the Crown Prosecution Service (England and Wales) and prior to that Director of Strategy at the Commission for Racial Equality (Britain).

1. Introduction

2. 15 Cases of Disability Hate Crime

3. From Hate Crime to Disability Hate Crime

4. Agenda Triggering

5. Agenda Development

6. Towards Agenda Institutionalisation?

7. Problem with the Current Agenda: The Focus on Vulnerability

8. An Agenda Item Yet to Fully Speak Its Name: Ableism and Disability Hate Crime

9. Conclusion

Appendix: Research Design and Methods