Codes of Conduct: Race, Ethics, and the Color of Our Character

Codes of Conduct: Race, Ethics, and the Color of Our Character

by Karla F. C. Holloway
     
 

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In Codes of Conduct,  Karla Holloway meditates on the dynamics of race and ethnicity as they are negotiated in the realms of power. Her uniquely insightful and intelligent analysis guides us in a fresh way through Anita Hill’s interrogation, the assault on Tawana Brawley, the mass murders of Atlanta’s children, the schisms between the

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In Codes of Conduct,  Karla Holloway meditates on the dynamics of race and ethnicity as they are negotiated in the realms of power. Her uniquely insightful and intelligent analysis guides us in a fresh way through Anita Hill’s interrogation, the assault on Tawana Brawley, the mass murders of Atlanta’s children, the schisms between the personal and public domains of her life as a black professor, and––in a moving epilogue––the story of her son’s difficulties growing up as a young black male in contemporary society. Its three main sections: “The Body Politic,” “Language, Thought, and Culture,” and “The Moral Lives of Children,” relate these issues to the visual power of the black and female body, the aesthetic resonance and racialized drama of language, and our children’s precarious habits of surviving. Throughout, Holloway questions the consequences in African-American community life of citizenship that is meted out sparingly when one’s ethnicity is colored.

This is a book of a culture’s stories––from literature, public life, contemporary and historical events, aesthetic expression, and popular culture––all located within the common ground of African-American ethnicity. Holloway writes with a passion, urgency, and wit that carry the reader swiftly through each chapter. The book should take its place among those other important contemporary works that speak to the future relationships between whites and blacks in this country.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Despite lapses into academic jargon, Holloway, professor of English and African American literature at Duke, makes worthy connections among literature, politics, ethics and race in three long essays. She finds parallels between Anita Hill's Senate testimony and a public examination by white men of black poet Phyllis Wheatley in colonial times. This leads her to personal reflections on how black women, weary of being relegated to demeaning stereotypes, "turn it out" and angrily challenge white authority figures. She muses on the language of Maya Angelou's poem for the presidential inaugural and that of Spike Lee's films; then she looks at mainstream media outlets' use of black dialect to disparage blacks and the contradictions in the fact that they simultaneously present gangsta rap. A third essay, on the moral lives of children, discursively argues that we must build a better community for the young. Photos.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite lapses into academic jargon, Holloway, professor of English and African American literature at Duke, makes worthy connections among literature, politics, ethics and race in three long essays. She finds parallels between Anita Hill's Senate testimony and a public examination by white men of black poet Phyllis Wheatley in colonial times. This leads her to personal reflections on how black women, weary of being relegated to demeaning stereotypes, ``turn it out'' and angrily challenge white authority figures. She muses on the language of Maya Angelou's poem for the presidential inaugural and that of Spike Lee's films; then she looks at mainstream media outlets' use of black dialect to disparage blacks and the contradictions in the fact that they simultaneously present gangsta rap. A third essay, on the moral lives of children, discursively argues that we must build a better community for the young. Photos. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813521558
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

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