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British Society of Criminology Conference at Leicester University

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 08 September 2010

When is a crime a 'hate crime', and what does that term actually mean? How has living on what other people throw away become a subject for criminologists? Laurie explores some of the latest ideas on crime as he visits the British Society of Criminology Conference held this year at Leicester University. He hears from the film maker Rex Bloomstein, from Sylvia Lancaster whose daughter Sophie was murdered because of the way she looked, from Jon Garland, Senior Lecturer in Crimilogy, University of Leicester, and also from Jeff Ferrell, the Professor of Criminology from the United States who has been living out of dumpsters, skips, rubbish bins in an attempt to understand an increasingly criminalised and marginalised way of life.
Producer: Charlie Taylor.

  • Sylvia Lancaster

    Sylvia’s daughter Sophie was murdered because of the way she looked. The charity, known as The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, was set up and it “focuses on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in our communities”.

    Find out more about The Sophie Lancaster foundation
  • Jon Garland

    Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Leicester

    Hate Crime: Impact, Causes, and Consequences
    Jon Garland and Neil Chakraborti
    Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
    ISBN-10: 1412945682
    ISBN-13: 978-1412945684

    Find out more about Jon Garland
  • Rex Bloomstein

    Film maker, whose work includes 'Kids behind Bars' 'Strangeways' and 'Lifers'.

    Find out more about Rex Bloomstein
  • Jeff Ferrell

    Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Texas Christian University and a Visiting Professor at the University of Kent

    Empire of Scrounge: Inside the Urban Underground of Dumpster Diving, Trash Picking, and Street Scavenging
    Publisher: New York University Press
    ISBN-10: 0814727387
    ISBN-13: 978-0814727386

    Find out more about Jeff Ferrell



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