Utterly brilliant...powerful...From personal histories to broader social patterns, from individual criminal cases to the latest neuroscience and psychology, Matthew Williams' forensic dissection of hate reveals its insidious power - but also its weaknesses. This book is not just about how and why hate happens - it's about how to combat it.
-- Alice Roberts, broadcaster and author of The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being
An absolutely tremendous book...a harrowing but illuminating work, being released at a time when hate appears to be on the ascendency but far from trying to stop it, some of the world's most powerful people seem to be using it to manipulate millions . . . At times it reads more like a thriller. Fascinating.
-- David Marsland ― Evening Standard
Fascinating...meticulously researched...written in a really accessible manner...expansive in approach and supplemented with so many real-world case studies. This is a really key contribution to our understanding of the divides in our society, and how these can perhaps be repaired.
-- Pragya Agarwal, author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias
Fascinating and beautifully written. I heartily recommend it.
-- Hugo Rifkind ― The Times & Times Radio
Williams is masterful at making this complex topic accessible, so we can all better understand hate and the dark side of human behaviour and finally, start to tackle it.
-- Nova Reid, author of The Good Ally
The Science of Hate is excellent. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s an indispensable guide to what’s gone wrong both here at home in Britain and Scotland and also throughout much of the Western world. If you want to know why the world is a bear pit read it.
-- Neil Mackay ― The Herald
An extraordinary book.
-- Connie McLaughlin ― BBC Radio Scotland
Are our brains wired to hate?
Does online hate speech 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.
Virtually Criminal provides an empirically grounded criminological analysis of crime, deviance and regulation online. It presents one of the first ethnographic studies of online forms of violence within an online community, including harassment, hate speech and vandalism. Pioneering and innovative, this fascinating book will be of interest to students and researchers across the disciplines of sociology, criminology and criminal justice, law, linguistics, and communication studies.
Shortlisted for the Philip Abrams Memorial Prize.
`A fascinating account of the nature of crime committed in the context of an online virtual community ... a rich ethnographic account'.
`The extent of the qualitative work undertaken is fascinating and genuinely impressive.'
`Scholarship moving beyond criminological theory into discussions of the information society, technology and virtual communities.'
`...moves clearly from a discussion of different theoretical approaches to on and offline communities, the nature of "crime" and deviance, its analysis and regulation.'
`Written in a good and clear writing style with complex issues well explained and with a good clear argument constructed.'
Cybercrime has recently experienced an ascending position in national security agendas world-wide. It has become part of the National Security Strategies of a growing number of countries, becoming a Tier One threat, above organised crime and fraud generally. Furthermore, new techno-social developments in social network media suggest that cyber-threats will continue to increase.
This book addresses the recent 'inertia' in both critical thinking and the empirical study of cybercrime and policing by adding to the literature seven interdisciplinary and critical chapters on various issues relating to the new generation of cybercrimes currently being experienced.
The chapters illustrate that cybercrimes are changing in two significant ways that are asymmetrical. On the one hand cybercrime is becoming increasingly professionalised, resulting in ’specialists’ that perform complex and sophisticated attacks on computer systems and human users. On the other, the ‘hyper-connectivity’ brought about by the exponential growth in social media users has opened up opportunities to ‘non-specialist’ citizens to organise and communicate in ways that facilitate crimes on and offline. While largely distinct, these developments pose equally contrasting challenges for policing which this book addresses.