This book, the first to specifically focus on disability hate speech, explains what disability hate speech is, why it is important, what laws regulate it (both online and in person) and how it is different from other forms of hate. Unfortunately, disability is often ignored or overlooked in academic, legal, political, and cultural analyses of the broader problem of hate speech. Its unique personal, ideological, economic, political and legal dimensions have not been recognized – until now.

Disability hate speech is an everyday experience for many people, leaving terrible psycho-emotional scars. This book includes personal testimonies from victims discussing the personal impact of disability hate speech, explaining in detail how such hatred affects them. It also presents legal, historical, psychological, and cultural analyses, including the results of the first surveys and in-depth interviews ever conducted on this topic in some countries.

This book makes a vital contribution to understanding disability hatred and prejudice, and will be of particular interest to those studying issues associated with hate speech, disability, psychology, law, and prejudice.

part I|1 pages

The nature of disability hate speech

chapter 1|19 pages

Disablist hate speech laws

chapter 2|27 pages

Disablist hate speech online

chapter 3|19 pages

Towards a conceptual and experiential understanding of disablist hate speech

Acceptance, harm, and resistance

part II|1 pages

The personal impact of disability hate speech

chapter 4|13 pages

Disability hate speech

“They think they can call me anything”

chapter 5|8 pages

Very bad bedside manner

Medical professionals and hate speech

chapter 6|6 pages

Everyday ableism and hate speech

A tale of three encounters in one day

chapter 7|13 pages

Hate speech and dwarfism

The influence of cultural representations

part III|1 pages

Disablist hate speech within a geopolitical context

chapter 9|16 pages

Stereotypes fomenting hate

Perceptions, stigma, and real-world consequences for Africans with disabilities

chapter 11|12 pages

Disability under austerity

Do some forms of political rhetoric constitute disability hate speech?

chapter 12|17 pages

Hate speech by carers

Exploring an Australian case

chapter 14|14 pages

Hate speech as an expression of disablism

An examination of reported hate speech experiences and consequences