The Science of Hate

How prejudice becomes hate and what we can do to stop it

Matthew Williams
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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.

Are our brains wired to hate?
Does online hate incite violence on the streets?
With hate crimes at an all-time high, what can we do to help turn the tide?


Drawing on twenty years of research as well as his own experience as a hate crime victim, world-renowned criminologist Matthew Williams uncovers the answers to these pressing questions of our age.

Exploring evolution and biology as well as social media and global events such as financial meltdowns, worldwide pandemics and even sporting tournaments, Williams exposes the conditions for hateful behaviour. His journey sees him talking to perpetrators and victims, delving into the murky recesses of the internet and having his brain scanned by neuroscientists to reveal the science behind hate.

Traversing 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.

Author bio:

Matthew Williams is Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University, and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts in hate crime. He advises and has conducted research for the UK Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the US Department of Justice and Google, among others. Williams also directs the 'HateLab', a multimillion-pound global hub for data and insight to monitor and counter online hate speech and crime, and has conducted the largest dedicated study of hate victimisation in the UK. His research has appeared in documentaries for both Panorama (BBC) and Exposure (ITV), and in major publications including The Guardian, The Times, Los Angeles Times, Scientific American and New Scientist. @MattLWilliams

Category: Sociology
ISBN: 9780571357079
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Non Fiction
Pub Date: May 2022
Page Extent: 448
Format: Paperback - B format
Subject: Violence in society