Abstract/Details

Understanding and contextualising racial hatred on the internet: a study of newsgroups and websites

Pollock, E. T.  Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom). ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2006. U233179.

Abstract (summary)

This thesis builds upon the growing body of criminological literature in the field of racially motivated offending by embracing two key aims.  Firstly, it aims to investigate the way in which Internet newsgroups create an enabling environment for the expression and development of on-line racial hatred and therefore endeavours to understand how newsgroups may be used to facilitate criminal and other harmful activity.  Secondly, the study examines three newsgroups in depth and a number of Websites with an aim to understand their structure, organisation and dynamics as well as aspects of recruitment, dissemination of hate literature and the command and control of members.  This thesis also places online bias, prejudice and hate speech within a societal and historical context by arguing that the foundations for online hate speech did not merely arise with the development of the Internet in the 1970s but is bound up within an historical and social context that began some three and a half centuries ago during the Atlantic slave trade and hardly curtailing in the US and the UK until the 1960s. Little evidence was found to suggest that the three newsgroups examined for this study are used for the dissemination of illegal words or behaviour or to facilitate activity that may pose a danger to community safety.  However, the discourse could, potentially, create revulsion and distress amongst individuals and communities that are likely to disapprove of it.  In the main the newsgroup alt.politics.white-power hosted anti-Semitic discourse whilst alt.skinheads, although not institutionally anti-Semitic or neo-Nazi, did, in fact, display tenets of this nature.  Contributors to alt.flame.niggers appeared to display the most ardent racist hate speech towards Black African Americans.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Criminology;
Internet;
Hate speech;
Anti-Semitism
Classification
0627: Criminology
Identifier / keyword
DXN113752; Social sciences
Title
Understanding and contextualising racial hatred on the internet: a study of newsgroups and websites
Author
Pollock, E. T.
Number of pages
1
Degree date
2006
School code
8745
Source
DAI-C 70/47, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom)
University location
England
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
U233179
ProQuest document ID
301693572
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/301693572