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Taking North American White Supremacist groups seriously: The scope and the challenge of hate speech on the internet

Cohen-Almagor, Raphael

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Abstract

This article aims to address two questions: how does hate speech manifest on North American white supremacist websites; and is there a connection between online hate speech and hate crime? Firstly, hate speech is defined and the research methodology upon which the article is based is explained. The ways that ‘hate’ groups utilise the Internet and their purposes in doing so are then analysed, with the content and the functions of their websites as well as their agenda examined. Finally, the article explores the connection between hate speech and hate crime. I argue that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that speech can and does inspire crime. The article is based in the main on primary sources: a study of many ‘hate’ websites; and interviews and discussions with experts in the field.

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Cohen-Almagor, R. (2018). Taking North American White Supremacist groups seriously: The scope and the challenge of hate speech on the internet. International journal for crime, justice and social democracy, 7(2), 38-57. https://doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v7i2.517

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 16, 2019
Journal International journal for crime, justice and social democracy
Print ISSN 2202-7998
Electronic ISSN 2202-8005
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 38-57
DOI https://doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.v7i2.517
Keywords Bigotry; Hate crime; Hate site; Hate speech; Racism; Violence
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/602875
Publisher URL https://www.crimejusticejournal.com/article/view/904

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