The main trade magazine for publishing in the UK has selected Professor Matthew Williams’ forthcoming book, The Science of Hate, as an Editor’s Choice. Caroline Sanderson said “This sometimes harrowing but very necessary book couldn’t be more topical, but what gives it even greater impact is the fact that the author has himself been the victim of hate crime.”
The book to be published in March 2021 by Faber & Faber, brings together 20 years of research. Williams became a hate crime victim 20 years ago that saw him embark on a journey to find out why. He wrote “The Science of Hate” to share what he discovered.
Williams said “Hate crimes are spiralling to an all-time high on both sides of the Atlantic, with minorities experiencing the largest increase in hostility towards their race, nationality, sexuality and religion since records began. Whilst recent political turmoil could be a contributing factor to this spike, there is nothing temporary about the hate that has been stirred up.”
Drawing on two decades of experience as a criminologist studying and interviewing the victims and perpetrators of hate – combining neuroscience, psychology, sociology, computer science and economics – The Science of Hate examines the illusive ‘tipping point’ at the intersection of prejudice and hate, traversing the globe and reaching back through history, from our tribal ancestors in pre-history to artificial intelligence in the 21st century.