More than a nigger: how nigger/a constitutes masculinity
Words maintain a particular power over us constituting personalities, beliefs, actions, and reactions. We are a reflection of the words we both use to subject others and by which are subjected. These words often reinforce ideologies that create a consciousness for social interactions. “Nigger” and “nigga,” words derived from an abhorrent history, are consequential to the reality, perceptions, and experiences of those who deploy the word and those who are subjected by the word. This thesis examines the ways in which “nigger/a” constitutes masculinity for both the addresser and the addressed when ...
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