chapter  4
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Anger, criminality and dangerousness

It is the purpose of this chapter to explore the background to connections between anger and criminality in the context of racism on the one hand, and, on the other, the issues around ‘race’ that are involved in judgements about dangerousness in the field of forensic psychiatry. This chapter focuses on situations and conditions in the UK, but also in the wider context of Europe and North America. Analyses of race and criminality, mainly in US literature, lead on to discussions of stereotypes, images and assumptions with racial connotations that feed into assessments of dangerousness in the field of forensic psychiatry.