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Is Free Speech Racist?

Titley, Gavan

Debating Race

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1. Auflage Juli 2020
144 Seiten, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-5095-3616-0
John Wiley & Sons

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The question of free speech is never far from the headlines and frequently declared to be in crisis. Starting from the observation that such debates so often focus on what can and cannot be said in relation to race, Gavan Titley asks why racism has become so central to intense disputes about the status and remit of freedom of speech.

Is Free Speech Racist? moves away from recurring debates about the limits of speech to instead examine how the principle of free speech is marshalled in today's multicultural and intensively mediated societies. This involves tracing the ways in which free speech has been mobilized in far-right politics, in the recycling of 'race realism' and other discredited forms of knowledge, and in the politics of immigration and integration. Where there is intense political contestation and public confusion as to what constitutes racism and who gets to define it, 'free speech' has been adopted as a primary mechanism for amplifying and re-animating racist ideas and racializing claims. As such, contemporary free speech discourse reveals much about the ongoing life of race and racism in contemporary society.

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The question of free speech is never far from the headlines and frequently declared to be in crisis. Starting from the observation that such debates so often focus on what can and cannot be said in relation to race, Gavan Titley asks why racism has become so central to intense disputes about the status and remit of freedom of speech.

Is Free Speech Racist? moves away from recurring debates about the limits of speech to instead examine how the principle of free speech is marshalled in today's multicultural and intensively mediated societies. This involves tracing the ways in which free speech has been mobilized in far-right politics, in the recycling of 'race realism' and other discredited forms of knowledge, and in the politics of immigration and integration. Where there is intense political contestation and public confusion as to what constitutes racism and who gets to define it, 'free speech' has been adopted as a primary mechanism for amplifying and re-animating racist ideas and racializing claims. As such, contemporary free speech discourse reveals much about the ongoing life of race and racism in contemporary society.

1 Debating racism, disputing speech
2 Closure: who decides what is racist?
3 Culture: who values free speech?
4 Capture: what is free speech being claimed for?
Afterword: So, is free speech racist?
"This is an excellent and urgently needed book that offers a key contribution to both academic and public debate on free speech. In a clear, succinct style, Gavan Titley persuasively argues that free speech is often defended in a superficial way, which focuses on speech as a mere channel of ideas and neglects structural inequalities between different speakers."
Matteo Bonotti, Monash University

"Gavan Titley's book is an important contribution, embedding contemporary discussions of free speech into critical race theory in subtle and well-argued ways. Titley exemplifies how contemporary racisms are advanced through the defense and absolutization of freedom of speech, and how the latter is used as a blunt weapon to bludgeon efforts to tackle racist expression."
David Theo Goldberg, University of California, Irvine "This is a marvellously readable and yet intellectually rigorous exploration of how race, racism and freedom of speech have become so intensely intertwined in the Western public sphere. Titley deftly cuts through the layers of obfuscation which mark these debates and offers up an illuminating account of how the so-called ?free speech crisis? is really a story of race, power and politics whereby vested ideological interests have captured the very idea of the freedom to speak. This book is foundational reading for anyone interested in race, anti-racism, and debates around free speech and academic freedom."
Priyamvada Gopal, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
Gavan Titley is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Maynooth University.