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The impact of hate speech laws on public discourse in Australia

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • This project will analyse the ways in which public discourse concerned with race/ethnicity, religion and sexuality has changed since the enactment of hate speech laws. We will pursue the hypothesis that hate speech laws have influenced the language of public discourse, but that their effect cannot be described with reference to a simple deterrence/reduced incidence paradigm. The influence of hate speech laws has been complex, including elements of substantive improvement in the quality of public discourse concerned with race/ethnicity, religion and sexuality, as well as more superficial stylistic modifications in order to achieve compliance with the letter, though not necessarily the spirit, of the law.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1096721

Local Award Id


  • 11042

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • This project will analyse the ways in which public discourse concerned with race/ethnicity, religion and sexuality has changed since the enactment of hate speech laws. We will pursue the hypothesis that hate speech laws have influenced the language of public discourse, but that their effect cannot be described with reference to a simple deterrence/reduced incidence paradigm. The influence of hate speech laws has been complex, including elements of substantive improvement in the quality of public discourse concerned with race/ethnicity, religion and sexuality, as well as more superficial stylistic modifications in order to achieve compliance with the letter, though not necessarily the spirit, of the law.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1096721

Local Award Id


  • 11042