Debating Hate Crime examines the language and argumentation used by parliamentarians, senators, and committee witnesses to debate Canada’s “hate-crime” laws. These lively, and at times raucous, legislative debates and committee hearings reveal much about party politics, public policy, and social issues of the day, including citizenship, nationhood, and Canadian values. 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. In so doing, Lunny reveals and interrogates the meaning and social signification of the endorsement of, and resistance to, hate law. The result is a rich historical and analytical account of some of Canada’s most passionate public debates on victimization, rightful citizenship, social threat, and moral erosion.
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
Allyson M. Lunny is an associate professor in the Law and Society program at York University. She has published in the areas of sexuality, law, and critical psychoanalysis. Her publications include “‘Look, a Faggot!’: The Scopic Economies of Cruising, Queer Bashing, and Law,” “Provocation and ‘Homosexual’ Advance: Masculinized Subjects as Threat, Masculinized Subjects Under Threat,” and “Heimlich Maneuvers: Freud’s Analytic Seduction of the Wolf Man.”
This book is indeed a fascinating read and an insight into how attitudes toward the language of hate crime laws have evolved over the years.
~Daniel Perlin, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Canadian Law Library Review
This contribution to UBC’s "Law and Society" series analyzes parliamentary debate touching on sexual identity and gender expression at the federal level. Lunny explores ways this debate provides a forum for, and a reflection of, the struggle over social meaning in Canadian society … The work fits squarely within scholarship that sees the social meaning of, and discourse around, identity and social inclusion/exclusion as mutually constructed. It is also relevant to those who study balances between individual and group rights, federal and provincial governance, and parliamentary and charter precedence in Canadian politics today while providing a comparative study for those who have examined similar issues in US or European discourse. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.
~S. P. Duffy, Quinnipiac University, CHOICE