Nigger

Author : Randall Kennedy
ISBN : 9780307538918
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 50.50 MB
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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
File Size : 28.8 MB
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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

Sellout

Author : Randall Kennedy
ISBN : 9780307377203
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 64.93 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

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
File Size : 38.79 MB
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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

Hammer S German Grammar And Usage

Author : Martin Durrell
ISBN : 9781317525547
Genre : Foreign Language Study
File Size : 87.99 MB
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Long trusted as the most comprehensive, up-to-date and user-friendly grammar available, Hammer’s German Grammar provides you with a complete guide to German as it is written and spoken today. In a new layout to enable better referencing, 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, helping you to communicate in German as Germans do today clarification on the spelling reform and current spellings of German, thus increasing your confidence while writing and reading in German. Praised for its lucid explanations, this new edition distinguishes the most common forms of usage, both formal and informal. Hammer’s German Grammar also 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: Foreign Language Study

Forbidden Words

Author : Keith Allan
ISBN : 9781139457606
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
File Size : 48.13 MB
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Many words and expressions are viewed as 'taboo', such as those used to describe sex, our bodies and their functions, and those used to insult other people. This 2006 book provides a fascinating insight into taboo language and its role in everyday life. It looks at the ways we use language to be polite or impolite, politically correct or offensive, depending on whether we are 'sweet-talking', 'straight-talking' or being deliberately rude. Using a range of colourful examples, it shows how we use language playfully and figuratively in order to swear, to insult, and also to be politically correct, and what our motivations are for doing so. It goes on to examine the differences between institutionalized censorship and the ways individuals censor their own language. Lively and revealing, Forbidden Words will fascinate anyone who is interested in how and why we use and avoid taboos in daily conversation.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines