Sociology seminar: Alterophobia & Alterophobic Bullying & Violence

Sociology seminar: Alterophobia & Alterophobic Bullying & Violence

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON YOUTH, COMMUNITY, AND URBAN REGENERATION SEMINAR SERIES
 
Week 5,  Room F1030 at 1pm
Wednesday 21st February: Alterophobia & Alterophobic Bullying & Violence.
Dr Stephen Minton
 
 
Following the murders of Brian Deneke (USA, 1997), and Sophie Lancaster (England 2007), which were apparently motivated by the ‘alternative’ way in which the victims were dressed, some media and research attention has been given to aggressive behaviour directed towards members of ‘alternative’ sub-cultures. The term ‘alterophobia’, which has been defined as, ‘prejudice directed towards members of alternative sub-cultures’ (e.g., goths, punks, heavy metal fans)’ has been suggested. This session begins with an examination of how ‘alternative’ sub-cultures have been studied and depicted, including accounts that have ascribed anti-social attributes to their members, and moves on to provide international case examples of and contemporary research on aggressive behaviour directed towards them, including school bullying. The work of advocacy organisations, and the call for hate crime legislation to be enacted / expanded, is documented, and suggestions for future directions in research are provided.