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Introduction

in Speak No Evil

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780226305530
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226305134 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226305134.003.0001
Introduction

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The story of hate speech regulation in America stretches back almost a century, although it has received its greatest attention over the last fifteen years as several colleges and universities adopted policies prohibiting hate speech by faculty, staff, or students. The debate has been heated and intense, with many commentators offering editorials, articles, and books about the merits of hate speech regulation. But as important as that discussion is, there are ongoing attempts to understand why hate speech regulation developed when it did, not to mention what its rise says about American legal, political, and social processes. This book takes a different path in the hate speech controversy, tracking the rise of campus speech policies through an empirical study of multiple methods. Drawing from a random sample of colleges and universities from across the country, the book estimates that nearly one-third of American schools developed hate speech policies by 1992.

Keywords: hate speech; speech regulation; American legal system; social process; political process; hate speech policies

Chapter.  5258 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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