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Hate Speech Against Refugees and Migrants, Muslims and Covered Muslim Women in Slovenia

The article focuses on hate speech against refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Northern Africa that had come to the West during the latest mass migrations in 2015 and 2016, as well as on the hate speech aimed towards Muslims and covered Muslim women in Slovenia. The article begins with two research questions: 1) did the hate speech which was lately aimed largely at refugees and migrants from Middle East and Northern Africa increase the hate speech towards Muslims who have lived in Slovenia prior to the last so-called migration wave and 2) does hate speech aimed at covered Muslim women in Slovenia exist and if so, has it increased in recent years? Methodologically, the article is based on a web survey (June-July 2016) conducted in Slovenia, and thirteen semi-structured interviews with covered Muslim women in Slovenia. The results of the web survey show, among other things, that hate speech towards the aforementioned social groups exists and is on the rise due to refugees and migrants coming from the Middle East and Northern Africa. The interviews show that hate speech towards covered Muslim women exists as well, and is also on the rise. The interviewees perceive it mostly indirectly (via communication channels like mass media, social networks and disrespectful comments on the street), only rarely directly (via verbal and physical abuse).


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Issue No. 268 - Hate Speech
Časopis za kritiko znanosti
2017 , volume volume 45 , issue issue 268
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