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Considering Hate: Violence, Goodness, and Justice in American Culture and Politics

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A provocative book about rethinking hatred and violence in America
 
Over the centuries American society has been plagued by brutality fueled by disregard for the humanity of others: systemic violence against Native peoples, black people, and immigrants. More recent examples include the Steubenville rape case and the murders of Matthew Shepard, Jennifer Daugherty, Marcelo L
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Hardcover, 184 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Beacon Press
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Malinda
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wish I had this book while I was still in college. I loved the challenges posed to every day thinking and the possibilities of changes presented in this book. I can easily see this book working in a wide variety of Social Science classes and I would highly recommend this for an upper division writing course.

I read the book twice and found myself sharing quotes frequently. Considering Hate makes us all look at ourselves and our institutions with a new lens. While I am not saying you should buy
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Saz
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I won this (free) book through a Goodreads giveaway.

To begin, I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The ideas were very well developed, I spotted absolutely no bias, which I expected to find a lot of, and they are issues that not many people are aware of. I have been advocating social justice for a very long time now. Many of the so-called social justice books I have read previously are extremely shallow and it is clear the authors are writing from their little privilege bubb
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Kony
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking examination of what we mean by "hate" in this society, especially when we attach this label to certain forms of violence and not others.

Through the lenses of media, pop culture, and social/political history, the authors look at how American notions of "justice" have evolved. They note that while it's popular to condemn certain violent crimes as acts of "hate," such violence flows naturally from our social structures -- structures that privilege some while oppressing others and
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Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
I won this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. As a reader with a graduate background in political theory, I figured this book sounded like it could easily have been assigned reading for one of my courses, and actually I have read books by these authors for a gender and public policy political theory course. So, I had some idea what to expect.

I liked the central questions in this book, especially the notion of looking beyond hate to find more complex, more approachable roots for hate
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Sam
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A really thoughtful examination of the depth to which hatred and violence are encoded in our culture, with a compelling call for a new way of thinking about horrific crimes.

The argument here is that the way we think of "hate crimes" ignores root causes, focuses on individual rather than collective behavior, and reinforces category divisions between people that can easily turn into battle lines: "Everyone has, to varying degrees, an emotional investment in holding on to feelings of fear and hate
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Mary
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Goodreads Giveaway) - Wow. There is so much here to digest. I could barely read more than a page at a time because I kept putting the book down to think about my life and my attitudes and my contributions to the culture of "hate" the authors describe.

This book is vital. It is much needed in our modern society, and I admit that I needed to read it, too. We hear about another mass shooting on the news more and more often. We see domestic violence in our neighborhoods, abuse in our churches, racis
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Jennifer Collins
In a nuanced look at history, hate, and perceptions of hate, Whitlock and Bronski present their case for thinking about changing the way we talk about hate and use the idea of hate, let alone the word, discussing how our use of the idea of hate actually affects our ability to think about and approach issues of crime and violence. Through discussions of everything from famous 'hate crimes' on to discussions of popular culture (particularly film) and changes in socio-political culture, the authors ...more
Demetria Dolgorukova
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. Violence and hatred are significant problems, and one that I am constantly trying to refine my ability to discuss with my high school students. This book was frustrating because it would begin to discuss a question, but never entered into any real depth. Now, that could be understood as simply part of its genre as an introductory text; however, I would have liked to have seen a more comprehensive bibliography. The very, very short list of recommended books didn ...more
Angel Graham
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Taken awhile to read, but worth it.

This is not a book for the casual reader. More in line with the type of book one would read in college for a political justice course. There are a number of reviews that tell you what you need to know.

It addresses hate, prejudice, and more but as another reviewer said, it doesn't address the Native Americans genocide perpetuated by white men.

I know I need to give this a second read to really get to the meat of the book, but this was my first impression. A goo
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CJ
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am going to start this book tonight. For some reason the cover called me to it. I won this from goodreads and have a few others that I have to get reading. I will update my review as I read. Thanks again Kay Whitlock and Goodreads......Let the journey begin!!.....I have seen a lot of people that say they wish they would of had this book back in school....Not to sound like a broken record but I wish I did....This book is a challenge to anyone if you ask me.
Roxanne
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this from Goodreads. It is a book about violence, goodness, and justice in our culture. I love that that the message of the book is the embracing of violence is wrongheaded and harmful. It is a very insightful book and stresses we need justice for everyone and bypass hate and discrimination.
Shaina
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic, history
This book defied reviewing for me, but I shared some passages that got my neurons firing over at my blog. Check it out!
Roxanne
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a Goodreads win review. This is an excellent book about hate, goodness and finding justice today in America.
Marianne
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book made me think--and would have been perfect for some of my social science classes in undergrad.
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