Online Hate Speech in the UK and Poland: A Case-Study of Online Reactions to the Killing of Arkadiusz Jóźwik

Katerina Strani, Anna Szczepaniak-Kozak

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Abstract

Our study focuses on online reactions to the killing of Arkadiusz Jóźwik in Harlow, Essex, in August 2016. It uses corpus-assisted Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to analyse tweets and below-the-line (BTL) comments of online news articles related to Jóźwik’s killing, both in English and in Polish. Contrary to definitions of hate speech as a targeted discourse, the study shows that in online discussions triggered by a specific event involving host and migrant communities, hate speech may not be exclusively related to the ethnic groups involved in the event, but directed at a homogenised Other in a reductionist way. Also, hate speech patterns may not be relevant to the groups involved in the event but to socio-economic contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCyberhate in the Context of Migrations
EditorsAngeliki Monnier, Axel Boursier, Annabelle Seoane
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter2
Pages21-61
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)9783030921033
ISBN (Print)9783030921026
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

Publication series

NamePostdisciplinary Studies in Discourse
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Keywords

  • hate speech
  • Poland
  • UK
  • cyberhate
  • Online
  • CDA
  • critical discourse analysis
  • corpus-assisted
  • Twitter
  • BTL comments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics

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