Stefan Hartmann & Nora Sties

Implizite Aggression in Onlinekommentaren anlässlich der Debatte um rassistische Sprache in Kinderbüchern

Abstract: In early 2013, the publishing house Thienemann caused a quite heated controversy with the announcement to remove racist terms from a new edition of the popular German children‘s book “Die kleine Hexe” (The Little Witch). Drawing on a qualitative analysis of readers’ comments in eleven online newsportals, we argue that many of the utterances employ simplifying negative stereotypes (so-called “limitiation stereotypes”) to devalue a de-individualized “out-group”. However, these stereotypes, as well as the inherent aggression against said “out-group”, are not spelled out explicitly but rather conveyed by ...

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