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Does familiarity breed contempt?

A conceptual and theoretical analysis of 'mate crime'

  • ISBN: 978-1-905994-72-4

  • Published: 2013

  • Pages: 32

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform


Does familiarity breed contempt

2013 John Sunley prize winner, this article by Gerard Doherty critically assesses the usefulness of the concept of ‘mate crime’, as a means of understanding offending behaviour against disabled people.

The phenomenon of ‘mate crime’ occurs when crimes are committed against disabled people by those they consider to be their friends.

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