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Despite racial inroads made over the past several decades, the racetalk in this study evinces old-fashioned racist ideas persisting in modern imaginations. These scripts say that African Americans are dangerous. Whites are superior. Latinos are dirty and disposable. Indians are sinister. Slavery is a trivial-if not nostalgic and amusing-historical anomaly that is better forgotten. Private racetalk keeps these old scripts hidden yet alive. Through racetalk, people imbue different racial and ethnic groups with oppositional statuses and delineate boundaries between whiteness, blackness, and brownness. Racetalk is a tool used in policing these boundaries.
Most people who cross racial/ethnic boundaries through alliances, friendships, and courtships are sanctioned. Nevertheless, some people are able to cross more successfully than others. An analysis of the content of racetalk reveals the processes through which people negotiate racial/ethnic meanings and boundaries on a daily basis and, in so doing, how they often perpetuate the old racial regime and occasionally challenge it.
|1||Hiding in plain sight : racetalk, the language of racism||1|
|3||Racetalk as reproducing racism : a theoretical toolbox||39|
|4||The structure of signification : whiteness||61|
|5||The structure of signification : blackness||91|
|6||The structure of signification : brownness||129|
|7||The structure of domination : surveillance and the policing of boundaries||153|
|8||The structure of legitimation : accounting for racetalk||185|
|9||Bridging boundaries : counterhegemonic practices||211|
|10||The accidental antiracist : research as a tool for raising consciousness||231|
|11||Dialectics revisited : racetalk and the racial regime||251|
|12||Praxis : in search of a balm||264|