RAGE

Hate speech and populist othering In Europe: Through the race, age, gender looking glass

RAGE is a €1,200,000 comparative project funded by the EU’s DG Justice, ‘Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme’. Gabriella Lazaridis is the Principal Investigator and also leads the Leicester team. The project examines 'populist' political discourse and its effect on those ‘othered’ by such discourse, particularly in the context of economic austerity and dwindling opportunities for young people. Eight teams covering nine EU member states (UK, France, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Denmark, Austria, Finland and Slovenia) will take a mixed-methods approach to the analysis of populist discourse and its effects.

The research will take for its starting point contemporary debates on and/or court trials for speech deemed offensive or hateful, and related acts. This will lead to a focus on particular movements, groups or political parties, and the opposing organisations that are the protagonists of such debate. It will examine the definition, production and perception of political speech that some see as offensive, and that defined as ‘hate crime’, and how young people of Europe’s ‘lost generation’ engage with or oppose such politics and actions.

The project will examine the ways in which young activists incorporate populist politics into their everyday life, including how they define their membership of a ‘community’, and how they consider issues of gender and sexuality. Through engagement with civil society organisations it will also examine the effects of such populism, and the discourses of those who seek to challenge ‘populist othering’.

The project will be developed through three interlocking workstreams, implemented through an integrated multi-method approach (content analysis of on-line sources, digital ethnography, participant-observation and biographical interviews). This combines the advantages of extensive transnational comparative data analysis, on the basis of primary qualitative data, and the maximization of interpretive depth, through triangulation with quantitative data sets, combining research at the discursive, attitudinal and behavioural levels.

Round tables and conferences will engage with civil society in order to discuss 'othering' speech in terms of societal trends, political action and communication, generational problems and subjective perceptions.

 

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University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester 
LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702
Email: politics@le.ac.uk