Disliking outgroups: overcoming hate speech and polarization

Call for Papers

Call for book chapters (routledge)

*/Disliking outgroups: overcoming hate speech and polarization in the participatory society. /*Marta Pérez-Escolar & José Manuel Noguera-Vivo (eds.)

Abstracts of no more than 250 words can be submitted to martaperez@loyola.es <mailto:martaperez@loyola.es> or jmnoguera@ucam.edu <mailto:jmnoguera@ucam.edu> until June 31, 2019.

Notifications to authors of abstracts: September 31, 2019
Full book chapter: February 15, 2020 (4,000 - 6,500 words, including references)

This is not just a book about the utopian and dystopian views of the internet, but a tool to understand why the participatory society is still far away of its best aims and possibilities in fields such as politics, media or cultural industries. In all these cases the tensions between the great possibilities of participation and the lack of strategies or resources are offering almost a perfect scenario for the growth of some hate speeches. From dynamic fields such as media studies, political communication, new media and journalism, the responses to this problem can be different but absolutely complementaries. Despite of previous similar works, such as Brown (2015); Valdesolo & Graham (2016); Jesuit, Russell & Williams (2017); Itten (2018), Brown & Sinclair (2019) or Beaufort (2019), among others, this handbook is the first holistic approach that deals with hate speech, polarization and enclave deliberation as cross axis that influences digital conversations in regards to politics, journalism and the anti-fandom phenomenon -fiction, gaming and cultural industries-.

The myths and realities around the echo chamber effect and the filter bubble (Pariser, 2017) or the phenomenon of enclave deliberation and its impact (Sunstein, 2003) are just some of the examples of matters that need a broader and deeper to understand the media ecosystem and their challenges. The Routledge Handbook Title comprises the very latest developments in theories and methods for students and scholar seeking to understand why it is too hard to fight against hate speech and political polarization in this media landscape but it is still worthy -and possible- to try it. Both theoretical approaches as well as empirical case studies are welcome.

Areas of interest:

- Political and ideological polarization
- Hate speech in the social and mass media
- Toxic fandom universe

The acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee the publication of the book chapter, which will be under blind peer review.