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The Everyday Language of White Racism (Wiley Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture) [Kindle Edition]

Jane H. Hill
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In The Everyday Language of White Racism, Jane H. Hill provides an incisive analysis of everyday language to reveal the underlying racist stereotypes that continue to circulate in American culture.
  • provides a detailed background on the theory of race and racism
  • reveals how racializing discourse—talk and text that produces and reproduces ideas about races and assigns people to them—facilitates a victim-blaming logic
  • integrates a broad and interdisciplinary range of literature from sociology, social psychology, justice studies, critical legal studies, philosophy, literature, and other disciplines that have studied racism, as well as material from anthropology and sociolinguistics
  • Part of the Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture Series


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"Recommended [to] Most levels/libraries." (CHOICE, November 2009)

"This book makes an important contribution to the body of critical race scholarship in deconstructing how language is used to perpetuate racism and in doing so validates the author’s challenge to the common assumption that 'white racism has gone underground.'" (People with Voices, April 2009)

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"Recommended [to] Most levels/libraries." (CHOICE, November 2009) "This book makes an important contribution to the body of critical race scholarship in deconstructing how language is used to perpetuate racism and in doing so validates the author's challenge to the common assumption that 'white racism has gone underground.'" (People with Voices, April 2009)

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  • File Size: 2959 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002MCZ6TE
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing even close May 30, 2013
Format:Paperback
Most of us have had this experience: We encounter a book that says many things we have been saying, or wanting to say, but the book says it better, more clearly, and with greater force than we ever have. It is one of those books you weave into every conversation, no matter how unrelated, in an effort to sell its virtues.
Jane H. Hill's 2008 publication, The Everyday Language of White Racism, is one of those books for me. As a cultural anthropologist teaching at a largely white (but increasingly diverse) college, who often teaches and speaks about racism, I have spent years developing answers to familiar questions. Some students, typically white ones, ask me: "Does racism still exist?" or "Don't minorities actually have all the advantages now?" At the same time, I have students of color looking for answers: "Why don't white people get it?" or "How do I explain how they make me feel sometimes?" What Hill's book has done for me, and for anyone who wants to have stronger answers to these questions, is to lay out the theoretical framework of language and real-world examples to make the point; racism is not just the purview of the Ku Klux Klan or an Archie Bunker anachronism, but remains deeply embedded in the linguistic ideology and casual language of everyday U.S. English.

Hill opens by examining the "folk theory of race and racism" widely held by most White people, and many non-White people, in the United States. This folk theory holds that: 1) race is a basic category of human biology and that every person belongs to one or more discrete racial categories; 2) racism is a matter of individual belief and aggressive action, perpetrated by those lacking understanding (the "ignorant") and cured by education and general improvements in well-being.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Otto Santa Ana March 3, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have great respect for Hill's scholarship. Hill is highly regarded for her ability to recognize for important linguistic phenomena that no one noticed before, much less understood (e.g. Mock Spanish). She is also renown for her empirical linguistic work, and for her theorizing.

In this book Hill discusses, from a solid theoretical framework, how US White racism continues to be expressed in language, particularly among people who don't realize they are perpetuating racist views.

Once you read the book, you will think twice how YOU speak, and you will grimace at the words and language practices that complacent people of all races use which perpetuate racism.

Excellent volume.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and insightful March 16, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Jane Hill's book is amazingly clear and approachable. Though the message is simple, it was still an eye-opener-- that racism is not what we commonly think it is. The systematic breakdown of how language use embeds racism is very interesting. I highly recommend this book for anyone in sociology, culture studies, linguistics, or related fields.
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