A. A. Sychev, E. A. Koval, N. V. Zhadunova. The Issue of Classification of Hate Speech Against Migrants (the Case Study of the Republic of Mordovia)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15507/2413-1407.105.026.201804.798-815

Introduction. The performed analysis of coverage of migration issues in electronic media shows that hate speech against migrants is becoming common practice despite the existing regulatory restrictions on its use. This determined the choice of this issue for the research, aimed at studying the causes, forms and contexts of using hate speech against migrants (the case study of the Republic of Mordovia).

Materials and Methods. Texts on migration issues published in electronic versions of regional media were used as the materials of the study; discourse analysis was used as the main method.

Results. The main reason for using hate speech against migrants has been identified; it is reproduction of negative clichés and stereotypes that contribute to the perception of migrants as a source of economic, health, environmental, personal, social, political threats, etc. The authors have proposed the content and formal criteria for classification of hate speech against migrants. Recommendations on limiting the use of hate speech against migrants in public discourse have been offered. Recommendations of this kind are usually associated with a change in rhetoric at the textual and contextual levels; however the authors consider a change in coverage and perception of migration issues at the metacontextual level to be the most important factor.

Discussion and Conclusion. The research materials will be useful in developing migration policies and measures to harmonize social relations in the region. The data obtained can be used by state and municipal authorities, journalists, and representatives of the educational community.

Keywords: hate speech, migrant, communication, classification, threat, regulatory restriction, context, metacontextuality, regional media

Acknowledgments. The study was conducted with the financial support of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research as part of research projects No. 17-03-00094 and No. 17-03-00370.


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Submitted 13.07.2018; accepted for publication 29.08.2018; published online 28.12.2018.

About the authors:

Andrey A. Sychev, Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Research Mordovia State University (68/1 Bolshevistskaya St., Saransk 430005, Russia), Dr. Sci. (Philosophy), ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3757-4457, sychevaa@mail.ru

Ekaterina A. Koval, Professor, Department of Law Enforcement and Enforcement Proceedings, Middle Volga Branch, All-Russian State University of Justice, (6 Fedoseenko St., Saransk 430003, Russia), Dr. Sci. (Philosophy), ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0069-5335, nwifesc@yandex.ru

Natalia V. Zhadunova, Dean of the Faculty of Further Education, National Research Mordovia State University (68/1 Bolshevistskaya St., Saransk 430005, Russia), Ph. D. (Philosophy), ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9058-0488, zhadunovan@mail.ru

Contribution of the authors:

Andrey A. Sychev – formulation of the basic concept of the research; development of the grounds for classification of hate speech; collection of data and evidence.

Ekaterina A. Koval – development of methodology; preparation of the initial version of the text; critical analysis of the text.

Natalia V. Zhadunova – analysis of the literature on the stated problem; interpretation of the research data; revision of the text.

For citation:

Sychev A.A., Koval E.A., Zhadunova N.V. The Issue of Classification of Hate Speech Against Migrants (the Case Study of the Republic of Mordovia). Regionologiya = Regionology. 2018; 26(4):798-815. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15507/2413-1407.105.026.201804.798-815

All authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

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