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Violence against queer people : race, class, gender, and the persistence of anti-LGBT discrimination© 2015,Violence against lesbians and gay men has increasingly captured media and scholarly attention. But these reports tend to focus on one segment of the LGBT community--white, middle class men--and largely ignore that part of the community that arguably suffers a larger share of the violence--racial minorities, the poor, and women. In Violence against Queer People , sociologist Doug Meyer offers the first investigation of anti-queer violence that focuses on the role played by race, class, and gender. Drawing on interviews with forty-seven victims of violence, Meyer shows that LGBT people encounter significantly different forms of violence--and perceive that violence quite differently--based on their race, class, and gender. His research highlights the extent to which other forms of discrimination--including racism and sexism--shape LGBT people's experience of abuse. He reports, for instance, that lesbian and transgender women often described violent incidents in which a sexual or a misogynistic component was introduced, and that LGBT people of color sometimes weren't sure if anti-queer violence was based solely on their sexuality or whether racism or sexism had also played a role. Meyer observes that given the many differences in how anti-queer violence is experienced, the present media focus on white, middle-class victims greatly oversimplifies and distorts the nature of anti-queer violence. In fact, attempts to reduce anti-queer violence that ignore race, class, and gender run the risk of helping only the most privileged gay subjects. Many feel that the struggle for gay rights has largely been accomplished and the tide of history has swung in favor of LGBT equality. Violence against Queer People , on the contrary, argues that the lives of many LGBT people--particularly the most vulnerable--have improved very little, if at all, over the past thirty years.
© 2014,Fear of Crime in the United States: Causes, Consequences, and Contradictions examines the nature and extent of crime-related fear, discussing important research findings about this social problem over the past five decades. The authors begin with a broad overview of the importance of and literature on fear of crime and then describe and evaluate key research findings in the specific areas of methodology, gender, age, race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, contextual predictors, and the consequences of fear of crime. They discuss the improvement of fear of crime measures over time, the consistent finding that women are more afraid of crime, the impact of age, race and ethnicity and socioeconomic status on fear, and the importance of environmental factors (such as witnessing crime and perceptions of diversity, disorder, and decline) and indirect victimization (through acquaintances and the media) on fear. The book also describes the physical, psychological, behavioral, and social effects of fear of crime. In the end, the authors tie the findings together to suggest important policy and research implications from the wealth of available research. Interested students, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners will find this book an important resource for understanding and addressing fear of crime.