Nigger

Nigger

The Strange Career of A Troublesome Word

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Random House, Inc.
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 acclaimed Race, Crime, and the Law— “put[s] a tracer on nigger,” 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 should nigger be defined? Is it, as some have declared, necessarily more hurtful than other racial epithets? Do blacks have a right to use nigger even as others do not? Should the law view nigger baiting 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 saying nigger? How might the destructiveness of nigger be assuaged?

To be ignorant of the meanings and effects of nigger, says Kennedy, is to render oneself vulnerable to all manner of peril. This book brilliantly and sensitively addresses that concern.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Provocative . . . engaging and informative.” – The New York Times The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your group’s reading of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word . Author Randall Kennedy’s explosive bestseller enriches our understanding of race relations, the power and complexity of language, and conflicting perspectives on free speech and its limits, while inspiring close examination of our lives and the values and customs of our individual communities.

Baker & Taylor
Provides an analysis of the word "nigger" and its repercussions for, effect on, and place in American culture, and the use of the controversial word as a racial epithet and methods that can deprive the word of its destructive character.

Baker
& Taylor

The critically acclaimed author of Race, Crime, and the Law provides an incisive analysis of the word "nigger" and its repercussions for, effect on, and place in American culture as he answers questions about the use of the controversial word as a racial epithet and methods that can deprive the word of its destructive character. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books c2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375421723
0375421726
Branch Call Number: 305.896 KEN
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 19 cm

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