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Books: Pragmatics: Gelber

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Message 1: Katharine Gelber: Pragmatics

Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 16:31:13 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Katharine Gelber: Pragmatics

Title: Speaking Back
Subtitle: The free speech versus hate speech debate
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
Author: Katharine Gelber 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588111881, Pages: xiv, 177 pp., Price: USD 59.00


This book proposes an original policy framework for addressing hate
speech. Gelber argues that a policy designed to provide support to
affected groups and communities to enable them to speak back when hate
speech occurs, is a more useful way of addressing the harms of hate
speech than punitive measures. She suggests that "speaking back"
allows the affected groups to contradict the messages contained in the
words of the hate speakers, and to counteract the silencing,
disempowering and marginalising effects of hate speech. Gelber's
argument uniquely synthesises the ideas of defending the importance of
participating in speech, recognising the harms of hate speech and
acknowledging that targeted groups may require assistance to respond.

Lingfield(s): Pragmatics
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)


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