Political Speech as a Weapon: Microaggression in a Changing Racial and Ethnic Environment

Political Speech as a Weapon: Microaggression in a Changing Racial and Ethnic Environment

by Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440855825
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/30/2018
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman, PhD, is assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, TX.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Subtle Yet Effective: Microaggression Cues 1

Chapter 2 Changing Demographics: From Minority to Majority 17

Chapter 3 Political Discourse: Inflammatory Innuendos 37

Chapter 4 Nativist Attitudes: American Minority Groups as Targets 57

Chapter 5 The Realization That Times Are Changing 79

Chapter 6 Trump: Unconventionality in the White House 93

Chapter 7 The Transformation Process and the Challenges Ahead 109

Notes 121

Index 147

What People are Saying About This

Lakia M. Scott

"Gonzalez-Gorman's examination of historical and contemporary forms of hostile rhetoric used in elections delivers a powerful argument about the current political climate of our nation. This book provides readers with cases on how microgressions incite and ignite divisiveness in political forums and communities by highlighting the most recent election and campaigning tactics used to disarm opponents. Narratives from local, state, and national officials lay a foundation for the author's theoretical approaches and deeper implications regarding race relations and societal conflict in America."

Gina C. Torino

"Dr. Gonzalez-Gorman offers a unique and much-needed perspective on microaggressions as they are used in political rhetoric. Through content and historical analyses as well as in-depth interviews with contemporary politicians, she presents a cogent argument that political microaggressions create an 'us versus them' frame in the minds of American voters. She also applies the position to the case of President Donald Trump, offering a highly plausible explanation of how the president is able to use microaggressions with impunity in his communications with the American population. This is an essential book for anyone trying to make sense of today's current political rhetoric."

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