Xenophobic and racially motivated crime in Belgium: exploratory spatial data analysis and spatial regressions of structural covariates

Sylwia J. Piatkowska, Steven F. Messner, Tse Chuan Yang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations

Abstract

This study employs exploratory spatial data analysis and spatial count regression models to examine xenophobic and racially motivated crimes in Belgium between 2000 and 2012. Drawing upon recent work, we conceptualize and operationalize hate crime in multiple ways, reflecting “spaces of hate,” victimization risks, and risks adjusted for random interactions. The results reveal that hate crimes exhibit a distinct spatial imprint, which corresponds to Belgium’s geographic regions. The findings also reaffirm previous research, indicating that the choice of the offset in the computation of hate crime rates is highly consequential for assessing the impact of relative group size.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1398-1418
Number of pages21
JournalDeviant Behavior
Volume39
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Xenophobic and racially motivated crime in Belgium: exploratory spatial data analysis and spatial regressions of structural covariates'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this