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Fall 2010 EXAM 2 STUDY GUIDE Language, Gender, and Identity Politics Key Terms: relative privilege and assumed privilege, insider/outsider, “nappy”, counterdiscourse/counternarrative “nappy:” an in-group descriptor of tightly curled hair; often used disparingly to describe kinky, curly, or what some call “bad hair;” known as “the other n-word” counterdiscourse : opposing perspectives emerge in discourse through such devices as intertextual narratives, descriptions, and epistemic stances; counterdiscourses derive political force as oppositional responses to grand historical narratives; counternarrative : may constitute forms of resistance to “master” or hegemonic storylines; counternarratives act as veiled contestations of past and present experiences relative privilege : an unconscious privilege, typically used to describe European or white accessibility to resources and opportunities assumed privilege : the idea that status, background or race entitles one to certain resources or opportunities insider: in association with a certain group, has a common trait, idea or background outsider : someone who is excluded from a certain group and viewing discourse and/or narrative from an outsider’s perspective relative privilege - certain affordances that can provide different biases based on social status, connections, values (implying light skin is more beautiful than dark skin) assumed privilege - largely unchallenged assumptions that can fuel ways of a culture (assuming anyone can get married, but what about gay marriage) insider/outsider - your interpreted stance on a certain issue, providing expertise and credibility, similar to participation - etic/emic "nappy" - the other N word - a word used to describe tightly coiled hair in its natural state; often has negative connotations counter narrative- the story from the POV of the opposite side.Counter discourse is the same. Basically the other side of the story.
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Key Questions: How are hair politics a window into gender and identity politics? hairstyle is predominantly a female issue, african american women particularly must address this issue bc of the “hair is just hair/hair is not just hair” dichotomy o however, men are also an influence, they can be supportive or not supportive of how women choose to wear their hair o feminist “white” notion of personal hair choice for personal female happiness may not apply across race o women’s hair choice politicized by social constructs of gender, race o connotations of “good” and “bad” hair 1970s, the popularization of the afro show that these connotations are somewhat malleable Carla’s reference to “overly kinky” hair “white privilege” can be conveyed by more european features, including hair How do Black and white women’s conversations about hair speak to the politics of hair and the relationships between hair, gender, and identity? black and white women talking about hair show the divisions and distances
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