This blog is intended to act as a catalogue and a set of resources on the subject of “othering” in public discourse.
We plan to examine any instance of this dehumanising tactic that comes to our attention. We anticipate a particular focus on political and religious discourse, but are also interested in any public discussion in which humans seek to diminish each other.
There will also be occasional “Othering 101” posts, describing further what we mean by the term, and looking into any pertinent psychological research.
If you come across any example of othering that you think we should draw attention to, leave a comment on the Suggestions page. For more detail on exactly what sort of thing we mean, check this Othering 101 post.
This project was set up by James Norriss, who blogs and tweets as writerJames. It was an idea which had been brewing for a while, and eventually something crystallised and started to seem like a worthwhile project.