Skip to main content

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Debating Hate Crime

Language, Legislatures, and the Law in Canada

Debating Hate Crime examines the language used by parliamentarians, senators, and committee witnesses to debate Canada’s hate laws. Drawing on discourse analysis, semiotics, and critical psychoanalysis, Allyson Lunny explores how the tropes, metaphors, and other linguistic signifiers used in these debates expose the particular concerns, trepidations, and anxieties of Canadian lawmakers and the expert witnesses called before their committees. Lunny reveals the meaning and social signification of the endorsement of, and resistance to, hate law. The result is a rich historical account of some of Canada’s most passionate public debates on victimization, rightful citizenship, social threat, and moral erosion.

248 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Political and Affective Language of Hate

1 Hate Propaganda and the Spectre of the Holocaust

2 Legislating Victims of Hate

3 Bill C-250: A Censoring of Religious Freedom or a Protection Against Hate?

4 The Trans “Bathroom Bill”

5 The Baby and the Bathwater: The Repeal of Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act


Notes; Bibliography; Index

Be the first to know

Get the latest updates on new releases, special offers, and media highlights when you subscribe to our email lists!

Sign up here for updates about the Press