The Psychology of Hate Crimes as Domestic Terrorism
U.S. and Global Issues [3 volumes]
by Edward Dunbar, Amalio Blanco, and Desirée A. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, Editors
November 2016, 1080pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
3 volumes, Praeger

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Increased awareness of the effects of hate-fueled violence—and how hate crime affects everyone, not just the specific targets of intolerance—is needed to treat this global epidemic.

In this three-volume set, an international team of experts involved in the research, management, and mitigation of hate-motivated violence examines and explains hate crimes in the United States and around the globe, drawing comparisons between countries as well as between hate crimes overall and domestic terrorism.

The Psychology of Hate Crimes as Domestic Terrorism: U.S. and Global Issues takes a hard look at hate crimes both domestically and internationally, enabling readers to see similarities and disparities as well as to make the connections between hate crimes and domestic terrorism. The entries in this three-volume set discuss subjects such as the psychology and motivation in hate crimes, the cultural norms that shape tolerance of outgroups or tolerance of hate, and the fact that hate crimes are a pervasive form of domestic terrorism, as well as myriad issues of proliferation, public policy, policing, law and punishment, and prevention.

The set opens with an introduction that discusses hate crime research and examines issues of identification of the bias element of hate crimes via empirical and case vignettes. The subsequent chapters discuss subjects such as the socio-demographic profiles of hate crime offenders; hate crime legislation and policy in the United States; the effects of hate crime on their victims as well as society; the incidence of hate crime in specific regions, such as Europe, the Middle East, and South America; and programs and therapeutic interventions to heal victims. Readers will also learn how specific educational approaches in communities, schools, and universities can be implemented to help prevent future escalation of hate-motivated violence.


  • Examines the motivation, actions, and thinking of individuals who commit hate crimes, the effects on victims and society as a whole, and the national and international debates on punishments
  • Offers guidelines to educate about hate crimes and to serve at-risk populations
  • Includes vignettes from both perpetrators and victims as well as psychological profiles of hate crime offenders that serve to bring the academic discussions to life
  • Represents an ideal resource for academic libraries that will be of interest to those studying subjects ranging from sociology to ethnic studies and from law to international studies
Edward Dunbar, EdD, is clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles. He is a practicing psychologist whose clinical work addresses the issues of the treatment of workplace harassment, crime victimization, psychological trauma, and violence risk assessment. Dunbar currently consults with the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center in the areas of hate crime offender evaluation and violence prevention in the schools. He has developed conferences and professional development programs in the area of multicultural education at Teachers College, Columbia University, the Veterans Administration, and the University of California, Los Angeles, and has received the American Psychological Association Distinguished Professional Contribution to Public Service Award and the California State Psychological Association Distinguished Humanitarian Contribution Award. Dunbar's commentaries have been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The American Psychological Association Monitor, The Washington Post, The Prejudice Institute Newsletter, ABC Nightline, Channel Four (UK), Vermont Public Television, NPR, and local television and radio news programs. His publications address the clinical evaluation of racism, victimology, and intergroup relations. Dunbar received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University and holds professional certificates from Georgetown University in cross-cultural training and Harvard University in adult education. He completed his undergraduate study in education and behavioral sciences at Chaminade University of Honolulu, where he graduated with honors.

Amalio Blanco, PhD, received his doctorate in psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid and his undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is a Fulbright Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his DAAD postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Social Psychology at the University of Cologne, Germany. Blanco is professor of social psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), where he served as dean of the faculty of psychology from 1990–1998. He is formerly chair of social psychology at the University of Salamanca, technical advisor for the Office of the Ombudsman of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, and coeditor of the Journal of Social Psychology. Blanco is also honorary professor of the National University of San Marcos (Peru), the University Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (Peru), and the Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia) as well as a member of the editorial board of several scientific publications in the field of psychology journals.

Desirée A. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, PhD, is a social psychologist who serves as the project director for the Los Angeles County Evaluation Program (LACES) at University of California, Los Angeles, which evaluates all county funded alcohol and drug treatment programs. She has been studying hate crimes for the past nine years. She assisted in the planning and coordination of the "Hate Crimes: Research, Policy, and Action" conference sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), serves as a Community Review Materials Panel Member for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Office of AIDS Program and Policy, and served as guest editor for Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, and Journal for Interpersonal Violence. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail earned a doctorate in social psychology from Claremont Graduate University, a master's degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University, and completed her undergraduate education in psychology at University of California, Los Angeles.


"Researchers interested in the controversies surrounding hate crime and acts of terror will find useful observations using data and argument from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals."—Choice, May 1, 2017

"The editors of this dense, scholarly written three-volume compendium have done an excellent job of presenting multiple different facets of a complex and pressing global issue. With many in-text citations, the book offers various paths to relevant materials. VERDICT A strong choice for graduate school students or professors, this work is an ideal jumping-off point for any number of discussion topics."—Library Journal, March 15, 2017

“Bravo! A much-needed collection. Hate Crimes as Domestic Terrorism is an essential and timely contribution. Using a cultural and psychological lens, contributors frame hate crimes as domestic terrorism, both in the national and global arenas. Simply put, this excellent series is a must-read for anyone interested in building a safe society."—Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD, Author, Multicultural Care: A Clinician’s Guide to Cultural Competence

“Hate crimes are increasing, fueled by growing intergroup tensions around the globe. Going beyond journalistic speculations, rigorous social science research and analysis are badly needed. Fortunately, this timely book series meets this urgent requirement. These volumes contribute new insights and offer important policy recommendations for ameliorating this tragic phenomenon.”—Thomas F. Pettigrew, University of California, Santa Cruz

“Hate violence has been an important social issue for many decades, but as this book series reveals, its importance has grown immeasurably in recent years. Aggressive acts against people by virtue of their identification with a particular group tear at the social fabric. The psychological and social-behavioral sciences more generally can make useful contributions to our understanding of hate crimes and their more recent incarnation, terrorism. This series will prove invaluable in laying out the issues, the evidence, and future directions for disciplined inquiry and science-based social policy.”—Gerald C. Davison, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Southern California

"Edward Dunbar, a long time, prolific, and noted author in the area of hate crimes, has edited an authoritative and exhaustive three volume resource on the topic of hate crimes as domestic terrorism. Dunbar and his colleagues have covered an impressive range of topics in the area of hate crimes from such diverse theoretical and disciplinary perspectives as social and clinical psychology, sociology and criminology, to name but a few of the backgrounds of the noted authors who have contributed to these volumes. These three volumes now constitute a 'gold standard' for authoritative information and thought provoking concepts in the area of hate crimes. It is most useful to have such a diverse and informative collection of writings easily accessible in this format. The books in this ambitious set are an entirely unique contribution to research and theory on hate crimes, and posit the challenging and engaging premise of how we conceptualize hate crimes and their relationship to acts of domestic terrorism. The volumes will be invaluable resources for researchers in the area, a 'must-have' for any library collection, and could form the basis of an excellent multidisciplinary graduate seminar on the topic of hate crimes."—J. Roy Gillis, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Toronto
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