Speaking Respect, Respecting Speech

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Overview

In recent years, words have become the weapons of choice. Particular incidents and events, from the centrality of a racial epithet in the O. J. Simpson trial to the death threat against Salman Rushdie, have galvanized the news media and popular imagination. Contemporary social conflict, epitomized by hurtful speech, is obsessed with questions of respect, honor, and dignity. Richard Abel's Speaking Respect, Respecting Speech makes an impassioned and convincing case for why respect is at the center of social conflict and what can be done about it.
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Abel (law, UCLA) makes an impassioned case for why respect is at the center of social conflict and what can be done about it. He constructs a framework for understanding and resolving such conflicts, first identifying the demand for respect as the common theme in the feminist critique of pornography, responses to racial hatred, and the furor over . He then applies a theory of status politics to controversies such as disputes over holidays and street names and the displacement of ancestral relics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226000572
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Fighting Words 1
2 Pornography, Racial Hatred, and Blasphemy 7
3 Theorizing the Contest 45
4 The Politics of Respect 69
5 The Poverty of Civil Libertarianism 125
6 The Excesses of State Regulation 199
7 Taking Sides 245
Notes 283
References 317
Index 355
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