Nigger

Author : Randall Kennedy
ISBN : 9780307538918
Genre : Social Science
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It’s “the nuclear bomb of racial epithets,” a word that whites have employed to wound and degrade African Americans for three centuries. Paradoxically, among many black people it has become a term of affection and even empowerment. The word, of course, is nigger, and in this candid, lucidly argued book the distinguished legal scholar Randall Kennedy traces its origins, maps its multifarious connotations, and explores the controversies that rage around it. Should blacks be able to use nigger in ways forbidden to others? Should the law treat it as a provocation that reduces the culpability of those who respond to it violently? Should it cost a person his job, or a book like Huckleberry Finn its place on library shelves? With a range of reference that extends from the Jim Crow south to Chris Rock routines and the O. J. Simpson trial, Kennedy takes on not just a word, but our laws, attitudes, and culture with bracing courage and intelligence.
Category: Social Science

Nigger Heaven

Author : Carl van Vechten
ISBN : 9783849300098
Genre : Fiction
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Als Nigger Heaven 1926 erschien, verursachte das Buch einen handfesten Skandal und wurde zum meist diskutierten Roman der Saison. Im Mittelpunkt steht ein junges Paar, eine Bibliothekarin und ein Möchtegern-Schriftsteller, gefangen im Tauziehen zwischen ihren Ambitionen, dem latenten Rassismus und den Versprechungen der afroamerikanischen Kultur Harlems. Van Vechten entführt den Leser in die Clubs und Bars und auf die Straßen Harlems. Er erzählt von der afroamerikanischen Kultur, ihrer Musik und Kunst und beschreibt die Lebensfreude und die Ausschweifungen der schwarzen Intellektuellen und der davon magisch angezogenen weißen Boheme.
Category: Fiction

Die Lust Am Tabubruch

Author : Hartmut Kraft
ISBN : 9783647491547
Genre : Psychology
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Tabus haben Konjunktur. Sie sind aktuelle Phänomene in unserer Gesellschaft. So sind zum Beispiel in Folge der Political Correctness die „Negerküsse“ und „Mohrenköpfe“ aus unseren Cafés verschwunden. Während manche Tabus und deren Übertretungen nur Befremden hervorrufen, führen andere Tabubrüche zum Ausschluss aus der Bezugsgruppe, für die diese Tabus Geltung haben. So befindet sich ein Politiker, der in Deutschland das Antisemitismus-Tabu bricht, schnell am Ende seiner Karriere. Doch besteht immer auch eine Lust am Tabubruch, das Bedürfnis, überholte und verkrustete Denk- und Handlungsmuster abzustreifen. Von der sexuellen Revolution in den Sechzigerjahren bis zu den Auseinandersetzungen um die Ehe zwischen gleichgeschlechtlichen Partnern und deren Adoptionsrecht zieht sich ein roter Faden des gesellschaftlichen Wandels. Auf diesem Weg mussten zahlreiche Tabus in Frage gestellt, gebrochen und neue Normen und Gesetze aufgestellt werden. Um Tabus im eigenen sozialen Umfeld zu identifizieren, lässt sich eine „Tabu-Suchfrage“ verwenden: Was müsste ich tun oder sagen – ohne ein Gesetz zu brechen –, um in meiner Ehe, Familie, Firma, Partei etc. ausgeschlossen, zumindest aber geschnitten zu werden? Sie werden unweigerlich auf die Tabus ihrer jeweiligen Bezugsgruppe stoßen. Mit seinem weiten beruflichen Erfahrungsspektrum untersucht der Psychoanalytiker, Arzt und Kunstsammler Hartmut Kraft das Phänomen von Tabus und dessen Brüchen in spannender Vielfalt.
Category: Psychology

The Persistence Of The Color Line

Author : Randall Kennedy
ISBN : 9780307379801
Genre : Political Science
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Timely—as the 2012 presidential election nears—and controversial, here is the first book by a major African-American public intellectual on racial politics and the Obama presidency. Renowned for his cool reason vis-à-vis the pitfalls and clichés of racial discourse, Randall Kennedy—Harvard professor of law and author of the New York Times best seller Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word—gives us a keen and shrewd analysis of the complex relationship between the first black president and his African-American constituency. Kennedy tackles such hot-button issues as the nature of racial opposition to Obama, whether Obama has a singular responsibility to African Americans, electoral politics and cultural chauvinism, black patriotism, the differences in Obama’s presentation of himself to blacks and to whites, the challenges posed by the dream of a postracial society, and the far-from-simple symbolism of Obama as a leader of the Joshua generation in a country that has elected only three black senators and two black governors in its entire history. Eschewing the critical excesses of both the left and the right, Kennedy offers a gimlet-eyed view of Obama’s triumphs and travails, his strengths and weaknesses, as they pertain to the troubled history of race in America. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Political Science

Interracial Intimacies

Author : Randall Kennedy
ISBN : 9780307824578
Genre : Social Science
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In Interracial Intimacies, Randall Kennedy hits a nerve at the center of American society: race relations and our most intimate ties to each other. Writing with the same piercing intelligence he brought to his national bestseller Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, Kennedy here challenges us to examine how prejudices and biases still fuel fears and inform our sexual, marital, and family choices. Analyzing the tremendous changes in the history of America’s racial dynamics, Kennedy takes us from the injustices of the slave era up to present-day battles over race matching adoption policies, which seek to pair children with adults of the same race. He tackles such subjects as the presence of sex in racial politics, the historic role of legal institutions in policing racial boundaries, and the real and imagined pleasures that have attended interracial intimacy. A bracing, much-needed look at the way we have lived in the past, Interracial Intimacies is also a hopeful book, offering a potent vision of our future as a multiracial democracy.
Category: Social Science

Sellout

Author : Randall Kennedy
ISBN : 9780307377203
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 37.75 MB
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In this incisive and unflinching study, Randall Kennedy, author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, tackles another stigma of America's racial discourse: “selling out.” He explains the origins of the concept and shows how fear of this label has haunted prominent members of the black community—including, most recently, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Barack Obama. Sellout also contains a rigorously fair case study of America's quintessential racial “sellout”—Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. In the book's final section, Kennedy recounts how he himself has dealt with accusations of being a sellout after meeting fierce criticism at Harvard upon the publication of his book, Nigger. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Social Science

Sticks And Stones

Author : Jerome Neu
ISBN : 0198042884
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me." This schoolyard rhyme projects an invulnerability to verbal insults that sounds good but rings false. Indeed, the need for such a verse belies its own claims. For most of us, feeling insulted is a distressing-and distressingly common-experience. In Sticks and Stones, philosopher Jerome Neu probes the nature, purpose, and effects of insults, exploring how and why they humiliate, embarrass, infuriate, and wound us so deeply. What kind of injury is an insult? Is it determined by the insulter or the insulted? What does it reveal about the character of both parties as well as the character of society and its conventions? What role does insult play in social and legal life? When is telling the truth an insult? Neu draws upon a wealth of examples and anecdotes-as well as a range of views from Aristotle and Oliver Wendell Holmes to Oscar Wilde, John Wayne, Katherine Hepburn, and many others-to provide surprising answers to these questions. He shows that what we find insulting can reveal much about our ideas of character, honor, gender, the nature of speech acts, and social and legal conventions. He considers how insults, both intentional and unintentional, make themselves felt-in play, Freudian slips, insult humor, rituals, blasphemy, libel, slander, and hate speech. And he investigates the insult's extraordinary power, why it can so quickly destabilize our sense of self and threaten our moral identity, the very center of our self-respect and self-esteem. Entertaining, humorous, and deeply insightful, Sticks and Stones unpacks the fascinating dynamics of a phenomenon more often painfully experienced than clearly understood.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Hammer S German Grammar And Usage

Author : Professor Martin Durrell,
ISBN : 9781444174038
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Long trusted as the most comprehensive, up-to-date and user-friendly grammar available, HAMMER'S GERMAN GRAMMAR AND USAGE provides you with a complete guide to German as it is written and spoken today. This new edition includes: -concise descriptions of the main grammatical phenomena of German and their use -examples of grammar taken from contemporary German, helping you to understand the underlying grammatical principles more quickly -invaluable guidance on pronunciation and the German accent -discussion of new words from English roots such as 'zertweeten' ('to tweet'), helping you to communicate in German as used by Germans today -clarification on the spelling reform and current spellings of German, thus increasing your confidence while writing and reading in German. Praised for its clear layout and lucid explanations, this new edition distinguishes the most common forms of usage, both formal and informal, and offers you a combination of reference grammar and manual of current usage that you will find invaluable, whether a student or a teacher, at intermediate or advanced level.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines