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Race riots on the beach: A case for criminalising hate speech?

By Nicole Asquith


noThis paper analyses the verbal and textual hostility employed by rioters, politicians and the media in Sydney (Australia) in December 2005 in the battle over Sutherland Shire¿s Cronulla Beach. By better understanding the linguistic conventions underlying all forms of maledictive hate, we are better able to address the false antimonies between free speech and the regulation of speech. It is also argued that understanding the harms of hate speech provides us with the tools necessary to create a more responsive framework for criminalising some forms of hate speech as a preliminary process in reducing or eliminating hate violence

Topics: Hate crime, Vilification, Cronulla Beach, Sutherland Shire, Australia, Maledictive hate, Hate speech, Free speech, Verbal analysis, Textual analysis
Publisher: British Society of Criminology
Year: 2008
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Provided by: Bradford Scholars

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