From the experience of hate crime: Towards a phenomenological approach

Michael Salter
University of Central Lancashire
This study is in two parts and contains six chapters. The first part is mainly analytical with an emphasis on descriptive explication, while Part Two is expressly critical. There is a deliberate step-by-step progression from descriptive elements of surface phenomena addressed in Part One, to more critical analysis of depth and constitutive elements of hate crime as lived experientially, which we discuss in Part Two. Our approach is phenomenological in a distinctly Husserlian sense, as opposed to a would-be summation of post-Husserlian developments within a posited “phenomenological movement” whose borders remain both fuzzy and contentious. We have attempted to follow Husserl’s methodological as well as more substantive positions derived mainly from primary sources. Yet, we have avoided taking positions within internal Husserlian debates founded within the secondary literature or defending either Husserl or our own broadly Husserlian approach from familiar criticisms. Although this might attract criticism from those active in the secondary literature debates, our decision here remains in line with the Husserlian imperative to focus on “the things themselves,” which in our case comprise: 1/. experiential aspects of a hate crime incident as lived; the correlation of its what-qualities and underlying howness; and 2/. the demands the latter makes upon an expressly formulated Husserlian analysis of this phenomenon that seeks to adapt itself to these demands even to the point of revising aspects of a Husserlian approach. Given this study is published in a book series devoted to phenomenology, not hate crime studies, the distinctly Husserlian dimension has been given far more weight and priority than our interview data and discussion of our concrete research methods.
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