The Science of Hate: How prejudice becomes hate and what we can do to stop it

· Faber & Faber
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Why do people hate? A world-leading criminologist explores the tipping point between prejudice and hate crime, analysing human behaviour across the globe and throughout history in this vital book.

'A key text for how we live now.' DAVID BADDIEL
'This is a world-changing book.' ALICE ROBERTS
'Timely and superb.' RACHEL CLARKE
'Persuasive and compassionate.' ROBIN INCE
'Fascinating and moving.' PRAGYA AGARWAL

Are our brains wired to hate? Is social media to blame for an increase in hateful abuse? With hate on the rise, what can we do to turn the tide? Drawing on twenty years of pioneering research - as well as his own experience as a hate-crime victim - world-renowned criminologist Matthew Williams explores one of the pressing issues of our age.

Surveying human behaviour across the globe and reaching back through time, from our tribal ancestors in prehistory to artificial intelligence in the twenty-first century, The Science of Hate is a groundbreaking and surprising examination of the elusive 'tipping point' between prejudice and hate.

'Fascinating and beautifully written. I heartily recommend it.'
HUGO RIFKIND, TIMES RADIO

'Fascinating . . . A harrowing but illuminating work.'
EVENING STANDARD

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An indispensable guide to what's gone wrong both here at home and in much of the Western world.'
THE HERALD

About the author

Matthew Williams is Professor of Criminology at Cardiff University, and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts in hate crime. He advises and has conducted research for the UK Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the US Department of Justice and Google, among others. Williams also directs the 'HateLab', a multimillion-pound global hub for data and insight to monitor and counter online hate speech and crime, and has conducted the largest dedicated study of hate victimisation in the UK. His research has appeared in documentaries for both Panorama (BBC) and Exposure (ITV), and in major publications including The Guardian, The Times, Los Angeles Times, Scientific American and New Scientist. @MattLWilliams

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