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Overview


Successor and companion volume to Words that Wound, the first book to argue for recognition of hate speech as a serious social problem. The current volume greatly expands the coverage of hate speech, including chapters on children, the Internet, recent cases, campus hate speech codes, and international responses. Deals expressly with arguments against hate-speech regulation, as well as the case for it.Written by leading critical race theorists Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, this volume succinctly explores a host of issues presented by hate speech, including legal theories for regulating it, the harms it causes, and policy arguments pro and con suppressing it. Chapters analyze hate speech on campus, the history of hate speech in America, the careers of particular words as "nigger," "spick," "wop," and "kike," hate speech against whites, and the special case of children. Particular attention is devoted to hate on the Internet, talk radio, and to the role of white supremacist groups in disseminating it. Designed to be accessible to the general public and students, this book features reading lists, exercises, and questions for discussion. This book accompanies and expands on the prize-winning volume Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment, also published by Westview Press.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813341392
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,143,833
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Delgado is the Derrick A. Bell Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of When Equality Ends (Westview Press), The Rodrigo Chronicles, and The Coming Race War? And Other Apocalyptic Tales of America After Affirmative Action and Welfare. Delgado is the winner of eight national book awards and is a frequent television and newspaper commentator on race and civil rights.Jean Stefancic is research professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School and Derrick A. Bell Scholar in Law. She is the author of No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda, and a frequent contributor to the literature on race and civil rights. Richard Delgado is the Derrick A. Bell Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of When Equality Ends (Westview Press), The Rodrigo Chronicles, and The Coming Race War? And Other Apocalyptic Tales of America After Affirmative Action and Welfare. Delgado is the winner of eight national book awards and is a frequent television and newspaper commentator on race and civil rights.Jean Stefancic is research professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh Law School and Derrick A. Bell Scholar in Law. She is the author of No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda, and a frequent contributor to the literature on race and civil rights.
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Table of Contents

1 Words that wound : the harms of hate speech 11
2 Quantitative issues : how frequent is racial vilification? 21
3 Theories of racism and hate speech 31
4 The strange careers of four special words 47
5 Hate speech and children : the special case of youth 93
6 College and university students : the case of campus hate speech (and conduct) codes 111
7 Hate in cyberspace 123
8 When hate goes tangible : logos, mascots, confederate flags, and monuments 141
9 Lawyer discipline : when the system sets out to purge hate 151
10 Talk shows : hate on the airwaves 159
11 Stretching to make a point : the case of hate speech against whites 175
12 International and comparative perspectives 195
13 First Amendment absolutism and fallback positions : social policy objections to hate speech remedies 203
14 The future : First Amendment legal realism 217
App International treaties and documents 227
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