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What a 'Boo' can do: Adam Goodes, discrimination, and norm (R)evolution


Richardson-Self, L, What a 'Boo' can do: Adam Goodes, discrimination, and norm (R)evolution, Australasian Philosophical Review, 5, (2) pp. 203-210. ISSN 2474-0500 (2022) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/24740500.2021.2012104


In this commentary I evaluate what McGowan’s project would conclude with respect to the treatment of professional Australian Football League player Adam Goodes, who was incessantly ‘booed’ by crowds for the final two years of his career. Analysing Goodes’ case in light of McGowan’s argument leads me to two observations. First, McGowan’s norm-enactment approach is incredibly useful because it explains how words like ‘boo’ (with unstable meaning) can constitute actionable discrimination. Second, however, I wonder if a narrow focus on whether such speech is legally actionable might encourage an overestimation of the power of laws to shepherd new g-norms into social practices

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:hate speech, free speech, harm, norms, racism
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political theory and political philosophy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Richardson-Self, L (Dr Louise Richardson-Self)
ID Code:151145
Year Published:2022
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE190100719)
Deposited By:Philosophy and Gender Studies
Deposited On:2022-07-21
Last Modified:2022-07-21

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