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Scholarship Suppression: Theoretical Perspectives and Emerging Trends

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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
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Department of Psychology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8554, Canada
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Societies 2020, 10(4), 82; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040082
Received: 8 September 2020 / Revised: 9 October 2020 / Accepted: 9 October 2020 / Published: 27 October 2020
This paper explores the suppression of ideas within an academic scholarship by academics, either by self-suppression or because of the efforts of other academics. Legal, moral, and social issues distinguishing freedom of speech, freedom of inquiry, and academic freedom are reviewed. How these freedoms and protections can come into tension is then explored by an analysis of denunciation mobs that exercise their legal free speech rights to call for punishing scholars who express ideas they disapprove of and condemn. When successful, these efforts, which constitute legally protected speech, will suppress certain ideas. Real-world examples over the past five years of academics that have been sanctioned or terminated for scholarship targeted by a denunciation mob are then explored. View Full-Text
Keywords: free speech; academic freedom; free inquiry; censorship; conformity; moral panics; witch hunts; heresy free speech; academic freedom; free inquiry; censorship; conformity; moral panics; witch hunts; heresy
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Stevens, S.T.; Jussim, L.; Honeycutt, N. Scholarship Suppression: Theoretical Perspectives and Emerging Trends. Societies 2020, 10, 82. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040082

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Stevens ST, Jussim L, Honeycutt N. Scholarship Suppression: Theoretical Perspectives and Emerging Trends. Societies. 2020; 10(4):82. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040082

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Stevens, Sean T., Lee Jussim, and Nathan Honeycutt. 2020. "Scholarship Suppression: Theoretical Perspectives and Emerging Trends" Societies 10, no. 4: 82. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040082

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