The Rise of Hate Speech Codes

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:
The Rise of Hate Speech Codes

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This chapter tests the critics' hypothesis for the rise of college hate speech codes, concluding that speech policies were largely an instrumental creation of top-level college administrators and not the result of legal or political mobilization as advanced by others. The chapter is empirically based, relying on both quantitative and qualitative research at one hundred colleges and universities. Of particular interest is the comparison between hate speech codes and their intellectual cousin, sexual harassment law and its hostile work environment (HWE) test. Where HWE was advanced directly and deliberately in the courts, hate speech codes arose circuitously as defensive measures.

Keywords: hate speech codes; speech policies; college administration; political mobilization; hostile work environment test; defensive measures

Chapter.  20701 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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