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The Politics of Hate

Robert L. Tsai

American University - Washington College of Law

November 5, 2012

Journal of Hate Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2012)
American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2012-48

This is a special issue dedicated to the topic of hate and political discourse. Collectively, the peer-reviewed articles in this volume are concerned with the political aspects of hatred, i.e., psychology, motivations, organization, tactics, and ends. The articles approach the problem from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. Among the subjects analyzed: group hatred as a heritable trait; hate as an irrational system of thought; Italian fascism's construction of the Communist other; the rise of the English Defence League and its anti-Islam activities; the persistent myth of blood libel; judicial handling of lynching in the U.S.; the challenges of drafting hate crimes legislation; and combating anti-democratic values such as Aryanism through youth literature.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 241

Keywords: hate, hate crime, evolutionary psychology, blood libel, lynching, jurisprudence, rationalism, islam, english defence league, fascism, communism

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Date posted: December 4, 2012 ; Last revised: December 6, 2012

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Tsai, Robert L., The Politics of Hate (November 5, 2012). Journal of Hate Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2012); American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2012-48. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2184339

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