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Nigger : The strange career of a troublesome word

Kennedy, Randall, 1954-

New York : Pantheon Books c2002.

226 p. ; 19 cm.

Nigger: it is arguably the most consequential social insult in American history, though, at the same time, a word that reminds us of "the ironies and dilemmas, tragedies and glories of the American experience." In this tour de force, distinguished Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy--author of the highly acclaimedRace, Crime, and the Law-- "put[s] a tracer onnigger," to identify how it has been used and by whom, while analyzing the controversies to which it has given rise. With unprecedented candor and insight Kennedy explores such questions as: How shouldniggerbe defined? Is it, as some have declared, necessarily more hurtful than other racial epithets? Do blacks have a right to useniggereven as others do not? Should the law viewniggerbaiting as a provocation strong enough to reduce the culpability of a person who responds violently to it? Should a person be fired from his or her job for sayingnigger? How might the destructiveness ofniggerbe assuaged? To be ignorant of the meanings and effects ofnigger, says Kennedy, is to render oneself vulnerable to all manner of peril. This book brilliantly and sensitively addresses that concern.

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ISBN:

0375421726

LC Call No:

E185.625 .K46 2002

Dewey Class No:

305.896/073 21

Author:

Kennedy, Randall, 1954-

Title:

Nigger : The strange career of a troublesome word / Randall Kennedy.

Edition:

1st ed.

Publisher:

New York : Pantheon Books c2002.

Physical:

226 p. ; 19 cm.

BibliogrphyNote:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-209) and index.

Subject:

African Americans--Social conditions.

Subject:

African Americans--Race identity.

Subject:

Racism in language.

Subject:

Racism--United States--Psychological aspects.

Subject:

English language--United States--Slang--Social aspects.

Subject:

English language--United States--Slang--Psychological aspects.

Subject:

Invective--United States--Psychological aspects.

Subject:

Invective--United States--History--Anecdotes.

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