Stigma, State Expressions and the Law: Implications of Freedom of Speech, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Stigma, State Expressions and the Law

Implications of Freedom of Speech, 1st Edition

By Paul Quinn


336 pages

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pub: 2019-06-10
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This book demonstrates that the difficulties the law is likely to encounter in regulating the expressive activities of the state, particularly with regard to the stigmatization of vulnerable groups and minorities.

Freedom of speech is indispensable to a democratic society, enabling it to operate with a healthy level of debate and discussion. Historically, legal scholars have underappreciated the power of stigmatisation, instead focusing on anti-discrimination law, and the implicit assumption that the state is permitted to communicate freely without little fear of legal consequences. Whilst integral to a democratic society, the freedom of a state to expressive itself can however also be corrosive corrosive, allowing influential figures and organisations the possibility to stigmatise vulnerable groups within society. The book takes this idea and uniquely, weaving legal analysis with extant psychological and sociological research, shows that current legal approaches to stigmatization are limited. Starting with a deep insight into what constitutes state expressions, and how they can become stigmatizing, the book then follows on to look into the capacity the law currently has to limit these expressions, and asks even if it could, should it?

This fascinating study of an increasingly topical subject will be of interest to any legal scholar working in the field of freedom of expression and discrimination law

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Author’s Note


Chapter One - What are State Expressions and how can they be Stigmatizing?

Chapter Two - Defining Stigma and Its Potential Harms

Chapter Three - Developing a Normative Approach Towards the Use of Stigmatizing State Expressions

Chapter four - Stigmatising State Expression as Hate Speech

Chapter Five- The Importance of the Lack of Binding Effects Produced by SSEs

Chapter Six - Stigmatising State Expressions – A Threat to Privacy?

Chapter Seven - Carte Blanche to Stigmatise or a Pragmatic Reality in a Liberal Democracy?

About the Author

Paul Quinn is Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels Free University)

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Discrimination