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Critical Rhetorics of Race

Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono


According to many pundits and cultural commentators, the United States is enjoying a post-racial age, thanks in part to Barack Obama's rise to the presidency. This high gloss of optimism fails, however, to recognize that racism remains ever present and alive, spread by channels of media and circulated even in colloquial speech in ways that can be difficult to analyze. This book seeks to examine this complicated and contradictory terrain while moving the field of communication in a more intellectually productive direction. The chapters challenge traditional definitions and applications of rheto ... More

Keywords: post-racial age, Barack Obama, racism, media, media representations, racialized bodies, racialized discourses

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814762226
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762226.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael G. Lacy, editor

Kent A. Ono, editor

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Michael G. Lacy and Kent A. Ono

I Racialized Masculinities

1 Apocalypse

Michael G. Lacy and Kathleen C. Haspel

2 Tales of Tragedy

Cynthia Willis-Chun

3 N-word vs. F-word, Black vs. Gay

Catherine R. Squireso

II Whiteness

6 Control, Discipline, and Punish

Rachel Alicia Griffin and Bernadette Marie Calafell

III Vernacular Resistances

9 Bling Fling

Roopali Mukherjee

IV Racialized Complexities and Neocolonialism

10 The Rhythm of Ambition

Aimee Carrillo Rowe, Sheena Malhotra, and Kimberlee Pérez

11 Inscribing Racial Bodies and Relieving Responsibility

Jamie Moshin and Ronald L. Jackson II

12 Cinematic Representation and Cultural Critique

Marouf Hasian, Jr., Carol W. Anderson, and Rulon Wood