Debating Hate Crime: Language, Legislatures, and the Law in Canada

Debating Hate Crime: Language, Legislatures, and the Law in Canada

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Debating Hate Crime: Language, Legislatures, and the Law in Canada by Allyson M. Lunny 
2017, Paperback 

Debating Hate Crime examines the language used by parliamentarians, senators, and committee witnesses to debate Canada’s hate laws. Drawing on discourse analysis, semiotics, and critical psychoanalysis, Allyson Lunny explores how the tropes, metaphors, and other linguistic signifiers used in these debates expose the particular concerns, trepidations, and anxieties of Canadian lawmakers and the expert witnesses called before their committees. Lunny reveals the meaning and social signification of the endorsement of, and resistance to, hate law. The result is a rich historical account of some of Canada’s most passionate public debates on victimization, rightful citizenship, social threat, and moral erosion.