The Science of Hate

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Why do people hate? 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.

'This should be on the curriculum. A must read.' DR JULIE SMITH
'A key text for how we live now.' DAVID BADDIEL
'This is a world-changing book.' ALICE ROBERTS
'Persuasive and compassionate.' ROBIN INCE
'Fascinating and moving.' PRAGYA AGARWAL

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.

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.

About the Author

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 evelopment 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

"Hate speech online has escalated to unprecedented levels. Matthew Williams, a professor of criminology, is shining a scientific light on who is behind it and why . . . a rallying cry." -- OBSERVER

"If we want to come together, we must take a cold hard look at what is keeping us apart. The Science of Hate does just that." -- GUARDIAN

"Fascinating . . . A harrowing but illuminating work." -- EVENING STANDARD

"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." -- THE PSYCHOLOGIST

Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pub date: February 21, 2023
448 pages
Format: Paperback