Speaking Hatefully: Culture, Communication, And Political Action In Hungary

Paperback | November 16, 2012

byDavid Boromisza-habashi

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In Speaking Hatefully, David Boromisza-Habashi focuses on the use of the term “hate speech” as a window on the cultural logic of political and moral struggle in public deliberation. This empirical study of gyűlöletbeszéd, or "hate speech," in Hungary documents competing meanings of the term, the interpretive strategies used to generate those competing meanings, and the parallel moral systems that inspire political actors to question their opponents’ interpretations. In contrast to most existing treatments of the subject, Boromisza-Habashi’s argument does not rely on pre-existing definitions of "hate speech." Instead, he uses a combination of ethnographic and discourse analytic methods to map existing meanings and provide insight into the sociocultural life of those meanings in a troubled political environment.

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In Speaking Hatefully, David Boromisza-Habashi focuses on the use of the term “hate speech” as a window on the cultural logic of political and moral struggle in public deliberation. This empirical study of gyűlöletbeszéd, or "hate speech," in Hungary documents competing meanings of the term, the interpretive strategies used to generate...

David Boromisza-Habashi is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.37 inPublished:November 16, 2012Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:027105638X

ISBN - 13:9780271056388

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Cultural Thinking About Social Issues

1 History as Context

2 Diversity of Meaning

3 Interpretations: Tone Versus Content

4 Interpretations: How to Sanction “Hate Speech”

5 Rhetorical Resistance

6 From Cultural Knowledge to Political Action

Appendix: Theory and Methods

Notes

References

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Boromisza-Habashi thoroughly displays the connection between public discourse and cultural knowledge in an accessible fashion, and examines key terms of the debate, such as content and tone, in depth. For practitioners, the text uncovers the nuances of culture as they inform political arguments. . . . Boromisza-Habashi offers a thorough accounting of the cultural discourses that compose a passionate public debate regarding hate speech in free societies.”—Aaron Hess, The Quarterly Journal of Speech