Islamophobia and Twitter: A Typology of Online Hate Against Muslims on Social Media

Awan, Imran (2014) Islamophobia and Twitter: A Typology of Online Hate Against Muslims on Social Media. Policy and Internet, 6 (2). pp. 133-150. ISSN 1944-2866

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The Woolwich attack in May 2013 has led to a spate of hate crimes committed against Muslim communities in the United Kingdom. These incidents include Muslim women being targeted for wearing the headscarf and mosques being vandalized. While street level Islamophobia remains an important area of investigation, an equally disturbing picture is emerging with the rise in online anti-Muslim abuse. This article argues that online Islamophobia must be given the same level of attention as street level Islamophobia. It examines 500 tweets from 100 different Twitter users to examine how Muslims are being viewed and targeted by perpetrators of online abuse via the Twitter search engine, and offers a typology of offender characteristics.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
1 February 2014Accepted
1 June 2014Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti‐Muslim prejudice cyber hate hate crime Islamophobia online hate
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-03 - social policy
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Imran Awan
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 09:40
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:56

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