Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture / Edition 1

Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture / Edition 1

by Geoffrey Hughes
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405152796

ISBN-13: 9781405152792

Pub. Date: 12/09/2009

Publisher: Wiley

In this carefully researched, thought-provoking book, Geoffrey Hughes examines the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life. Focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of political correctness, it will intrigue anyone interested in this ongoing debate.

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Overview

In this carefully researched, thought-provoking book, Geoffrey Hughes examines the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life. Focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of political correctness, it will intrigue anyone interested in this ongoing debate.

  • A unique and intriguing journey through the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life, focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of what PC means
  • Explores the origins, progress, content and style of political correctness, discussing and analyzing around one hundred terms and lexical formations, from Chaucer and Shakespeare, Marlowe and Swift, to nursery rhymes, rap and Spike Lee films, David Mamet, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Larkin
  • Offers a detailed semantic analysis of the way that key words have been exploited both to advance the agendas of political correctness and to refute them

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405152792
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/09/2009
Series:
Language Library Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
800,896
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgments xii

Epigraphs xiii

Part I Political Correctness and its Origins 1

Chapter 1 Defining Political Correctness 3

Chapter 2 The Origins and the Debate 60

Part II The Semantic Aspect 85

Chapter 3 Words and Authorities: Dictionaries and Lexicographers 87

Chapter 4 The Evolution of the Word Field 106

Part III Zones of Controversy 113

Chapter 5 Issues of Race, Nationality, and Difference 115

Chapter 6 Agendas Old and New 178

Part IV Cultural and Historical Issues 215

Chapter 7 Political Correctness in the Past 217

Chapter 8 Culture 236

Conclusion: The Right Thing to Do? Progressive Orthodoxy, Empty Convention or Double Standard? 283

Bibliography 298

Author and Subject Index 309

Word Index 317

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