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Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and Its Threat to Democracy

Cherian George


Eruptions of religious intolerance are often described as spontaneous and visceral. This book, however, argues that most major episodes of religious offense are purposefully manufactured by political entrepreneurs. These actors use “hate spin” as an instrument of contentious politics. Hate spin combines conventional hate speech with the more novel strategy of offense-taking. In either of these two modes—vilification or indignation—hate spin stokes up communities’ fears, exploits identity politics, and instigates mob action. It oppresses minorities and degrades the culture of tolerance essentia ... More

Keywords: freedom of expression, hate speech, intolerance, religion, democracy, India, Indonesia, United States

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035309
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cherian George, author
Hong Kong Baptist University