Disability Hate Speech: Social, Cultural and Political Contexts, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Disability Hate Speech

Social, Cultural and Political Contexts, 1st Edition

Edited by Mark Sherry, Terje Olsen, Janikke Solstad Vedeler, John Eriksen


272 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367193423
pub: 2019-11-28
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This book, the first to specifically focus on disability hate speech, explains what disability hate speech is, why it is important, what laws regulate it (both online and in person) and how it is different from other forms of hate. Unfortunately, disability is often ignored or overlooked in academic, legal, political, and cultural analyses of the broader problem of hate speech. Its unique personal, ideological, economic, political and legal dimensions have not been recognized – until now.

Disability hate speech is an everyday experience for many people, leaving terrible psycho-emotional scars. This book includes personal testimonies from victims discussing the personal impact of disability hate speech, explaining in detail how such hatred affects them. It also presents legal, historical, psychological, and cultural analyses, including the results of the first surveys and in-depth interviews ever conducted on this topic in some countries.

This book makes a vital contribution to understanding disability hatred and prejudice, and will be of particular interest to those studying issues associated with hate speech, disability, psychology, law, and prejudice.

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Introduction; Chapter 1: Disability Hate Speech Laws Mark Sherry and Louise Walker; Chapter 2: Disablist Hate Speech Online Mark Sherry; Chapter 3: Towards a Conceptual and Experiential Understanding of Disablist Hate Speech: Acceptance, Harm and Resistance Leah Burch; Chapter 4: Disability Hate Speech: ‘They think they can call me anything’ Armineh Soorenian; Chapter 5: Very Bad Bedside Manner: Medical Professionals and Hate Speech Sheri Wells-Jensen and Claire Wells-Jensen; Chapter 6: Everyday Ableism and Hate Speech: A Tale of Three Encounters in One Day Damien Milton; Chapter 7: Hate Speech and Dwarfism: The Influence of Cultural Representations Erin Pritchardl; Chapter 8: Hate Speech Targeting Sami People with Disabilities Line Melbøe and Hege Gjertsen; Chapter 9: Stereotypes Fomenting Hate: Perceptions, Stigma, and Real-World Consequences for Africans with Disabilities Mark P. Mostert; Chapter 10: Amputation of Disability as Hate Speech Pattern in Poland Beata Borowska-Beszta; Chapter 11: Disability Under Austerity: Do Some Forms of Political Rhetoric Constitute Disability Hate Speech? Lisa Davies; Chapter 12: Hate Speech by Carers: Exploring as Australian Case Mark Sherry and Solomon Amoatey; Chapter 13: Hammerin’ Hank, (Dis)Ablism, Racism, Homophobia and Hate Speech Stephen A. Rosenbaum; Chapter 14: Hate Speech as an Expression of Disablism: An Examination of Reported Hate Speech Experiences and Consequences Mark Sherry, Terje Olsen, Janikke Solstad Vedeler and John Eriksen; Index

About the Editors

Mark Sherry is Professor of Sociology at The University of Toledo in Ohio, USA. He is Editor of the Routledge Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Series. His books include If I only had a brain: Deconstructing Brain Injury (Routledge, 2006) and Disability hate crime: Does anyone really hate disabled people? (Routledge, 2010).

Terje Olsen, PhD in Sociology, is Research Director at Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research in Oslo, Norway. His research interests include welfare state issues, disability studies, youth research, marginalization, labour market participation, legal rights and access to justice for persons with disabilities. He is Editor-in-chief of the journal Nordic Welfare Research.

Janikke Solstad Vedeler, PhD in Sociology, is a Senior Researcher at Norwegian Social Research at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University and at the Nordland Research Institute. Her research interest includes disability and topics like hate speech and inclusive working life practices.

John Eriksen holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration and a Mag.art.-degree in Sociology. He is an Emeritus Researcher and formerly a Research Director at NOVA – Norwegian Social Research Institute, Oslo, Norway, and Editor-in-chief of the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. His research interests include welfare policies, quality of life, disability studies and family organization.

About the Series

Interdisciplinary Disability Studies

Disability studies has made great strides in exploring power and the body. This series extends the interdisciplinary dialogue between disability studies and other fields by asking how disability studies can influence a particular field. It will show how a deep engagement with disability studies changes our understanding of the following fields: sociology, literary studies, gender studies, bioethics, social work, law, education, or history. This ground-breaking series identifies both the practical and theoretical implications of such an interdisciplinary dialogue and challenges people in disability studies as well as other disciplinary fields to critically reflect on their professional praxis in terms of theory, practice, and methods.

Series editor: Mark Sherry, The University of Toledo, USA

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities