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'I Shoot Them with Words': An Analysis of Political Hate-Letters

Benny Temkin and Niza Yanay
British Journal of Political Science
Vol. 18, No. 4 (Oct., 1988), pp. 467-483
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/193881
Page Count: 17
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'I Shoot Them with Words': An Analysis of Political Hate-Letters
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Abstract

This article focuses on a peculiar behavioural manifestation of political hatred. Hate-letters received by an Israeli political party are analysed in order to probe the dynamics involved in the communication of political hatred. The act of writing and mailing hostile letters is characterized as a particular form of political participation and interpreted as part of the social struggle over the boundaries and definition of the collective. The text of the letters is examined to uncover the main themes and mechanisms that are involved in the expression of political hatred.

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