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What Can You Say?America's National Conversation on Race$
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John Hartigan Jr.

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804763363

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804763363.001.0001

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From Gangsta Parties to the Postracial Promised Land

From Gangsta Parties to the Postracial Promised Land

A Year of Race Stories

(p.1) 1 From Gangsta Parties to the Postracial Promised Land
What Can You Say?
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This chapter starts off with the case of the Clemson party incident, which helps show that the pop-cultural arena is where most Americans prefer to think about race. It looks at the two main ways to evaluate the importance of race and how media stories on race are a constant starting point for what can be considered as racial. This chapter also takes a look at the “national conversation on race,” which are events where assumptions on race are taken out of cultural conventions and help people navigate through social situations. Finally, it studies a cultural perspective on race, as it exists in the country.

Keywords:   race, media stories, racial, national conversation, cultural conventions, assumptions on race, social situations, cultural perspective

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