Hate Speech Frontiers: Exploring the Limits of the Ordinary and Legal Concepts

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No serious attempt to answer the question ‘What is hate speech?’ would
be complete without an exploration of the outer limits of the concept(s).
This book critically examines both the ordinary and legal concepts of
hate speech, contrasting social media platform content policies with
national and international laws. It also explores a range of controversial
grey area examples of hate speech. Part I focuses on the ordinary concept and looks at hybrid attacks, selective attacks, reverse attacks, righteous attacks, indirect attacks, identity attacks, existential denials, identity denials, identity miscategorisations, and identity appropriations. Part II concentrates on the legal concept. It considers how to distinguish between hate speech and hate crime and examines the precarious position of denialism laws in national and international law. Together the authors draw on conceptual analysis, doctrinal analysis, linguistic analysis, critical analysis, and diachronic analysis to map the new frontiers of the concepts of hate speech.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages600
ISBN (Electronic)9781009357111
ISBN (Print) 9781009357104
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

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