Jack Levin; Gordana Rabrenovic Why We Hate

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Why We Hate

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In this in-depth look at the most troubling aspect of human nature, a prominent, nationally recognized criminologist, who is a leader in his field, and a respected sociologist seek to explain why hate exists and offer practical methods for creating a more peaceable society.

Are we born with a propensity to hate, or is it something we learn? Does educating people necessarily reduce hate? Looking at biological, psychological, and cultural factors, Drs. Levin and Rabrenovic investigate the evidence for hate as an inborn trait, as learned behavior, and as a reaction to envy, frustration, or the need for belonging, control, and authority.

The topics include the media’s role in contributing to hate,  anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim sentiments, domestic terrorism, and "organized hate" in the form of white supremacist and civilian militia groups. Finally, in surveying the many trouble spots around the world where hate is manifest, they describe a series of inspiring situations that show surprising cooperation between ethnic groups who have transcended hate, and the authors explain how they achieved it.

Both enlightening and insightful, this momentous and timely work offers hope that civilized human beings can come to grips with an age-old problem.

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Expressions of hate are trumpeted each evening on the news, from the mayhem unleashed by suicide bombers to the steadily increasing casualties in the Middle East and Iraq. And since September 11, Americans have repeatedly asked themselves, "Why do they hate us?" In this in-depth look at the most troubling aspect of human nature, Jack Levin--a nationally recognized criminologist--and Gordana Rabrenovic--a respected sociologist--seek to explain why hate exists and offer practical methods for creating a more peaceable society.

Are we born with the tendency to hate, or is it something we learn? Does educating people necessarily reduce hate? Looking at biological, psychological, and cultural factors, Drs. Levin and Rabrenovic investigate the evidence for hate as an inborn trait; as learned behavior; and as a reaction to envy, frustration, or the need for belonging, control, and authority.

These highly regarded experts reveal their new, original, and sometimes surprising findings on hate among Americans, as well as the way the media can be manipulated to foster and intensify hatred. They also consider the phenomena of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism before and after September 11, in addition to anti-Muslim sentiments in the wake of the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Also discussed are domestic terrorism and "organized hate" in the form of white supremacist and civilian militia groups.

Finally, in scrutinizing the many troubled "hot" spots around the world where hate is an explosive issue, including Northern Ireland, Levin and Rabrenovic describe a series of inspiring situations that show astonishing cooperation between ethnic groups who have transcended hate. They explain how such peaceful coexistence has been achieved and can be achieved elsewhere in the future.

Both enlightening and insightful, this probing and timely work offers hope that human beings can behave in a civilized manner toward their fellow humans and come to grips with an age-old problem.

About the Author:

Jack Levin, Ph.D. (Boston, MA), is the Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, as well as the director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict. He is the author of many critically acclaimed books on criminology, including Hate Crimes Revisited (with J. McDevitt) and The Violence of Hate, and is frequently quoted in the national media. He often appears on national television, including The Today Show, Oprah, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, 20/20, 48 Hours, and many other programs.
Gordana Rabrenovic, Ph.D. (Boston, MA), is associate professor of sociology at Northeastern University and the associate director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict. She is the author of numerous professional articles and one book, Community Builders, and the coeditor of Community Politics and Policy.

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