Race and Reconciliation: Redressing Wounds of Injustice

Race and Reconciliation: Redressing Wounds of Injustice

by John B. Hatch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739121529

ISBN-13: 9780739121528

Pub. Date: 09/26/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

In this enlightening and insightful book, John B. Hatch analyzes various public discourses that have attempted to address the racialized legacy of slavery, from West Africa to the United States, and in doing so, proposes a rhetorical theory of reconciliation. Recognizing the impact of religious traditions and modern social values on the dialogue of reconciliation,

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In this enlightening and insightful book, John B. Hatch analyzes various public discourses that have attempted to address the racialized legacy of slavery, from West Africa to the United States, and in doing so, proposes a rhetorical theory of reconciliation. Recognizing the impact of religious traditions and modern social values on the dialogue of reconciliation, Hatch examines these influences in tandem with contemporary critical race theory.

Hatch explores the social-psychological and ethical challenges of racial reconciliation in light of work by Mark McPhail, Kenneth Burke, Paul Ricoeur, and others. He then develops his own framework for understanding reconciliation-both as the recovery of a coherent ethical grammar and as a process of rhetorical interaction and hermeneutic reorientation through apology, forgiveness, reparations, symbolic healing, and related genres of reparative action. What emerges from this work is a profound vision for the prospects of meaningful redress and reconciliation in American race relations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739121528
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
09/26/2008
Series:
Race, Rites, and Rhetoric: Colors, Cultures, and Communication Series
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

Series Editor's Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Part I The Rhetoric of Race: From Racism to Reconciliation

1 Introduction: The Racial Divide and the Emergence of Reconciliation 3

2 Recovering from Racism: An Exigence for (Theorizing) Reconciliation 21

3 Reconciliation, Rhetorically Considered 49

Part II Theorizing Reconciliation

4 Coming to Terms in Reconciliation 93

5 Dialectics and (Dia)logology of Reconciliation 127

6 Reconciliation in Time: Actions and Transformations 161

Part III Reconciling the Heirs of Slavery's Legacy

7 Steps toward Reconciliation: From the United States to West Africa 219

8 The Leaders' Conference on Reconciliation and Development 249

9 There and Back Again: Taking Stock of Reconciliation's Progress 295

10 A Prospect on Racial Reconciliation 343

Bibliography 367

Index 387

About the author 403

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