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NCJ Number: 235847 Find in a Library
Title: Demographic Change and Ethnically Motivated Crime: The Impact of Immigration on Anti-Hispanic Hate Crime in the United States
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:27  Issue:3  Dated:August 2011  Pages:278-298
Author(s): Michele Stacey; Kristin Carbone-Lopez; Richard Rosenfield
Date Published: August 2011
Page Count: 21
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines Hispanic immigration and hate crime.
Abstract: In recent years, Hispanic immigration to the United States has become a politically charged public issue, with significant consequences for immigration policies, communities, individual immigrants, and the U.S. residents who resemble them in language, customs, and appearance. The authors examine one possible collateral consequence of the fear and tension surrounding recent immigration trends, anti-Hispanic hate crime. Drawing on traditional theories of intergroup conflict—and particularly minority threat theory—the authors hypothesize that recent changes in Hispanic immigration are positively related to hate crimes targeting Hispanics. The authors find support for this hypothesis in a multivariate state-level panel analysis of anti-Hispanic hate crime from 2000 to 2004. Other predictions, however, are not supported. The authors conclude that the impact of immigration patterns on hate crime is an important area for continued criminological inquiry and that the notion of cultural threat should receive greater attention as studies of intergroup conflict move beyond the Black—White dichotomy. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Hate Crimes; Hispanic; Immigration offenses; Profiling
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