The Federation Press

Faces of Hate

Hate crime in Australia


This book offers the first collection of essays dedicated to the issue of hate crimes in Australia. Contributions address crimes against Aborigines, members of Australia’s Arabic communities, Jews and lesbians and gay men. Through a systemic approach to explaining social and political marginalisation, they also look at histories of racism and neo-Nazi organisations in Australia, and the widening base of support and legitimation for hate crimes in the ‘symbolic violence’ of popular contemporary discourse about minorities and an imagined homogeneous community of white, Christian and heterosexual Australians.

Table of Contents

Introduction: defining the issues
Chris Cunneen, David Fraser, Stephen Tomsen

Immigration, nationalism and anti-Asian racism
Rob White

Antisemitic hostility
Irene Nemes

Violence against Arab Australians
David Fraser, Moha Melhem and Mirna Yacoub

Sexual identity and victimhood in gay-hate murder trials
Stephen Tomsen

Sexuality and violence: questions of difference
Gail Mason

Hysteria and hate: the vilification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Chris Cunneen

Memory, murder and justice: holocaust denial and the “scholarship” of hate
David Fraser

Australia’s racist far-Right
David Greason

The legal response: dealing with hatred - a user’s guide
Melinda Jones


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