A qualitative analysis of hate speech reported to the Romanian National Council for Combating Discrimination (2003‑2015)

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Adriana Iordache (2015)
  • Publisher: Fundatia Orient Expres
  • Journal: Sfera Politicii (issn: 1221-6720, eissn: 1221-6720)
  • Subject: discrimination | hate speech | Roma | Hungarians | women | religious minorities | LGBT | Political science | J | Political science (General) | JA1-92

The article analyzes the specificities of Romanian hate speech over a period of twelve years through a qualitative analysis of 384 Decisions of the National Council for Combating Discrimination. The study employs a coding methodology which allows one to separate decisions according to the group that was the victim of hate speech. The article finds that stereotypes employed are similar to those encountered in the international literature. The main target of hate speech is the Roma, who are seen as „dirty“, „uncivilized“ and a threat to Romania’s image abroad. Other stereotypes encountered were that of the „disloyal“ Hungarian and of the sexually promiscuous woman. Moreover, women are seen as unfit for management positions. The article also discusses stereotypes about homosexuals, who are seen as „sick“ and about non-orthodox religions, portrayed as „sectarian“.
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