Title

Hateful sirens... Who hears their song? An examination of student attitudes toward hate groups and affiliation potential

Publication Date

2002

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Sources indicate a rise in hate crimes committed by persons affiliated with hate groups (Bowles, 1993; Levin, 2002). Although the majority of these offenders remain unaffiliated, it is nevertheless important to understand why individuals become attracted to hate groups. This exploratory study examined youth attitudes toward hate groups. Deprivation and interpersonal bonds theories were used to explain hate group attraction among students. Secondary and university students completed the 567 surveys used in the analysis. Results indicated that crime-related measures and exposure to hate groups by word-of-mouth contacts were more often related to supportive attitudes. These effects were further associated with secondary students. Neodeprivation theory is offered for exploring hate group attraction by more educated persons.

Original Citation

Turpin-Petrosino C. (2002). Hateful sirens... Who hears their song? An examination of student attitudes toward hate groups and affiliation potential. Journal of Social Issues, 58(2), 281-301.

Identifier

DOI: 10.1111/1540-4560.00261