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'We're led by stupid people': Exploring Trump's use of denigrating and deprecating speech to promote hatred and violence

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Valcore, J and Asquith, NL and Rodgers, JL, 'We're led by stupid people': Exploring Trump's use of denigrating and deprecating speech to promote hatred and violence, Crime Law Soc Change pp. 1-20. ISSN 0925-4994 (2023) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10611-023-10085-y

Abstract

In response to a call for criminologists to consider the impact of former President Donald Trumpís presumed criminality, we analyze verbal-textual hostility (VTH) in Trumpís campaign speeches. Politicians have particular power and reach with their speech and their use of VTH is an important part of the trifecta of violence. Using a framework informed by linguistic theory and previous analysis of hate speech in recorded hate crimes, we present the categories of deprecation and denigration, and discuss their relationship to domination. In context, these forms of VTH enhance and serve as precursors to more violent speech and acts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:hate speech, hate crime, verbal-textual hostility, political speech, trump
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Sociological studies of crime
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Civil justice
UTAS Author:Asquith, NL (Professor Nicole Asquith)
UTAS Author:Rodgers, JL (Dr Jess Rodgers)
ID Code:155302
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Policing and Emergency Management
Deposited On:2023-02-10
Last Modified:2023-02-10
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