Crime, Immigration and the Demonization of the Other

Jock Young, Middlesex University

All over the Western world globalization is associated with mass migration and in the majority of instances social exclusion occurs accompanied by a cultural "othering". A series of binaries are set up contrasting the law-abiding, virtuous majority with the criminal, deviant minority. This paper argues that an important element in such demonization is that the incidence of crime is exacerbated by assimilation into the host society accompanied by structural rejection just as the antipathy of the host increases as differences become minor. The process, in short, is bulimic rather simply exclusive.

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