Dehumanizing the Vulnerable: When Word Games Take Lives

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The Major focus of my book, accordingly, is on the significance of name-calling as a strategy for justifying massive oppression. Many of the dehumanizing phrases examined in this study are so extreme, outlandish, and shocking that is is easy to dismiss them as the ravings of crazed individuals and fringe groups.

Shockingly relevant today, this hard-hitting study shows how dehumanizing language was and is being used to justify violent acts against vulnerable ...

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Overview

The Major focus of my book, accordingly, is on the significance of name-calling as a strategy for justifying massive oppression. Many of the dehumanizing phrases examined in this study are so extreme, outlandish, and shocking that is is easy to dismiss them as the ravings of crazed individuals and fringe groups.

Shockingly relevant today, this hard-hitting study shows how dehumanizing language was and is being used to justify violent acts against vulnerable peoples--past and present--including the unborn, the elderly, women, Jews, and victims of Soviet tyranny. Dr. Brennan's argument focuses on the plight of today's unwanted, before and after birth and in the later stages of life.

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Brennan characterizes the language of feminist abortion rights advocates as "anti-life," linking it with the rhetoric used against Jews, women, Native Americans, African Americans, and some other victimized groups. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780829408225
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Series: Values and Ethics Ser.
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Dynamics of Linguistic Warfare 1
Pt. 1 Profiles in Oppression: The Plight of the Victims 25
1 Global War on the Unwanted Unborn 27
2 Assaults on Dependent and/or Disabled Discards 33
3 Female Objects of Sexploitation and Violence 37
4 Destruction of the European Jews and Others 43
5 Genocide of the Soviet People 47
6 Black Slavery and Kindred Atrocities 51
7 Annihilation of Native Americans 57
Pt. 2 Dehumanizing Stereotypes 63
8 Deficient Humans: On the Margins of the Human Race 65
9 Subhuman/Nonhuman Entities: Below the Level of Humanity 77
10 A Species of Lower Animals and Wild Beasts 89
11 Repulsive Parasitic Creatures 99
12 Diseases of Epidemic Proportions 113
13 Inanimate Objects for Exploitation 127
14 Waste Products: At the Bottom of the Subhuman Scrap Pile 139
15 Legal Nonpersons: Nonexistence before the Law 147
Pt. 3 Challenges to Dehumanizing Rhetoric 173
16 The Reality Test: Refuting the Validity of Disparaging Designations 175
17 Statements of Semantic Impact: Assessing the Devastating Effects of Words on Deeds 185
18 Toward a Vocabulary of Life-Affirming Images: Replacing Dehumanizing Language with a Language of Humanization and Divinization 205
Postscript: Thinking the Unthinkable: The Prospects for Expanding the Boundaries of Humanity 223
Notes 229
References 239
Index 267
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