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Hate speech has become a growing topic of discussion and debate on a global scale, especially as advances in the internet transform communication on many levels. This paper shows how the employment of artists’ expression and arts education have great potential for creating different counter narratives to challenge one-sided narratives and hate speakers’ simplified generalizations.

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A great body of evidence supporting the beneficial social impacts of the arts and culture fields is already available, but much more research, backed by sufficient resources, is needed to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of intervention strategies in countering hate speech through arts education.

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Because hate speech is not an easy issue to address in schools, I hope that this article offers clear research evidence, concrete guidelines and practical examples for teachers to contribute, along with their students, in combating hate speech through arts education.

Tuula Jääskeläinen
University of the Arts Helsinki

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This page is a summary of: Countering hate speech through arts and arts education, Policy Futures in Education, May 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1478210319848953.
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