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ERIC Number: ED170803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 75
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
"Fighting Words": Black and White.
Kochman, Thomas
After describing scenes that reveal a pattern in which whites regard blacks' speech behavior as threatening, aggressive, or hostile, and in which blacks disagree with their interpretation, this paper explores differences between black and white cultural assumptions, values, and conventions of aggressive behavior to account for the different interpretations. The following topics are discussed: general cultural assumptions about assertive/expressive behavior, including cultural assumptions about self-control; differences in what appear to be similar conventions of language use regarding arguments and discussions, arguments and fights, threats, woofing, cultural ritual as drama, woofing as drama, and woofing as play; the conceptual beginning of a fight for blacks; and implications of different black and white cultural perspectives on aggressive behavior for black/white interaction, social intervention, and legal interpretation. Numerous black/white dialogues are presented to clarify the topics discussed. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 1-5, 1979)