Offenders Speak: Accounting for Hate Crime

Barbara Perry, Northern Arizona University

This paper presents preliminary findings from interviews with a sample of incarcerated hate crime offenders. The research study empirically tests my theoretical hypothesis that violence against women, gays, lesbians, and racial, ethnic and religious minority groups serve as a resource for "doing difference," in other words, for constructing relational identities. Participants were intervewed for on issues ranging from descriptive accounts of their offenses, to the four key concepts of the theoretical model employed: labor, power, sexuality and culture as they relate to the offenders' perceptions of members of minority groups.

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