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Radical pluralism and free speech in online public spaces: the case of North Belgian extreme right discourses

Cammaerts, Bart (2009) Radical pluralism and free speech in online public spaces: the case of North Belgian extreme right discourses. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 12 (6). pp. 555-575. ISSN 1460-356X

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Abstract

Progressive political movements and activists are not the only ones appropriating Web 2.0 as a way to construct independent public spaces and voice counterhegemonic discourses. By looking at the other extreme of (post-)fascist movements, it will be shown that the internet also gives rise to anti-public spaces, voicing hatred and essentialist discourses. In this article, discourses of hate produced by North-Belgian (post-)fascist movements and activists will be analysed. Theoretically the analysis is informed by radical pluralism and the limits of freedom of speech in a strong democracy. The cases presented challenge the limits of freedom of speech and of radical pluralism and bring us to question whether being a racist is a democratic right, whether freedom of speech includes opinions and views that challenge basic democratic values.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ics.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: T Technology > T Technology (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 10 May 2010 09:04
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27895/

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