Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
First Committee Member
Jane Florence Gauthier, Chair
Second Committee Member
Terance D. Miethe
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
With the number of hate groups increasing 54 percent since 2000, it is important to understand what is triggering these groups to form in geographical areas. The current study examined whether structural characteristics predicted the number of hate groups within a state. Using hate group listings from the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report and U. S. Census data from 2000, this study explored a state's racial and ethnic heterogeneity, economic disadvantage, and regional location to explain hate group existence within that state. Employing correlations, Chi-Square analyses, multiple and logistic regressions, and a conjunctive analysis, this study found that a state's diversity does not predict the number of hate groups. Economic disadvantage moderately predicts the existence of hate groups, while a state's regional location strongly predicted the number of hate groups within that state. The conjunctive analysis, however, showed that these effects are highly contextual. Limitations and recommendations are discussed.
Demography--Social aspects; Hate groups; Social stratification; White supremacy movements
Behavioral Economics | Communication | Psychology | Sociology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Kutneski, Paula Jean, "Structural Attributes Associated with the Prevalence of Hate Groups: A State-Level Analysis" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1190.
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