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The Social Life of Fighting Words

The Case of Political Correctness

Ronald S. Stade

The Study of Fighting Words These days, calling something or someone “politically correct” is usually neither mere description nor praise. It is more likely an expression of disapproval, derision, or hostility. As such, it is mostly used to

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Katherine Smith

This paper draws on twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork in Higher Blackley, North Manchester, England, to explore the ways in which individuals and groups who identify themselves and are identified as 'white', 'working class' and 'English' resist what they perceive as dominant ideas and discourses, deeply unsettling of their 'Englishness'. Perceptions and expectations of 'fairness' underpin social relations in Higher Blackley and this paper will explore perceptions of dominance through the local idiom of fairness. I explore how sentiments of belonging in this area are then imaginatively transposed onto national and international levels.

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The Social Life of Contentious Concepts

Ronald S. Stade

commonplace in addition to being at the core of an entire industry. The military origin of this industry, however, tends to be either forgotten or concealed. Ronald Stade gives an account of the conceptual history and social life of “political correctness

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Imagining Multicultural London

Containment and Excess in Snatch

Rachel Garfield

Snatch (Guy Ritchie, 2000) is a comic-book gangster film that can be seen to represent the backlash against perceived notions of political correctness in what is effectively a public-schoolboy fantasy of working-class life in East London. However, the film also delineates the limits of this backlash in its depiction of minorities as either contained or excess. This is highlighted through the comic-book genre itself as well as the characterization. Thus, this article explores the tension between the genre, representation and Jewish identity.

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Richard Kostelanetz

In memory of my friend Diane Dietchman Tong (1943–1998), an independent scholar who wrote her MA on the Judeo-Spanish language commonly called Ladino. There is a rumour in my family that when I was born in 1940 my parents thought about sending out a card that would read, 'Now we present our son Dick, one part kike, some parts spic'. Politically correct before everyone else, so avant-garde were they, my parents decided instead to print a more conventional announcement of my arrival.

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Mobilizing Meanings

Translocal Identities of the Far Right Web

Patricia Anne Simpson

-foreignization” ( Überfremdung ) as urgent, and while both express an acute awareness of political correctness in Germany, the implicitly xenophobic label passes their lips without pause, thus creating a safe space for taboo topics between them and their audience. This

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“Montag ist wieder Pegida-Tag!”

Pegida’s Community Building and Discursive Strategies

Helga Druxes

unrelated resentments and the slippage from one topic to the other that essentially characterizes not a counter discourse, but a retreat from politics: Pegida’s real focus is the slavish politically correct attitude of our government, which willingly

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Motorcycling in 1980s Athens

Popularization, Representational Politics, and Social Identities

Panagiotis Zestanakis

political correctness. Furthermore, in Greece the development of motorcycling coincided with major changes involving the emergence of new counterhegemonic practices and gender relations. Here, I adopt the term politicality to indicate the kind of

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Lourdes Prados Torreira

women recognize, and identify with, their leading role in history (Prados Torreira and López Ruiz forthcoming b). Incorporating a gender perspective to museums, however, must not be understood as a gesture of political correctness, but should constitute

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What Was So Funny about Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob (1973)

A Comedic Film between History and Memory

Michael Mulvey

” because it is “part of the patrimony of French families.” 2 The comedy has entered the Pantheon of French popular culture as a symbolic text that returns viewers to a less politically correct and more self-congratulatory past. Far from being “only a movie