Nigger : the strange career of a troublesome word (Book, 2003) [WorldCat.org]
skip to content
Nigger : the strange career of a troublesome word Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Nigger : the strange career of a troublesome word

Author: Randall Kennedy
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003. ©2002
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage Books editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
"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  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: Anecdotes
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Randall Kennedy
ISBN: 0375713719 9780375713712
OCLC Number: 51452557
Description: 181 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: The protean n-word --
Nigger in court --
Pitfalls in fighting nigger: perils of deception, censoriousness, and excessive anger --
How are we doing with nigger?
Responsibility: Randall Kennedy.

Abstract:

"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 Crowe 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."--BOOK JACKET.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.