Black and White Styles in Conflict

Paperback | August 15, 1983

byThomas Kochman

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"Goes a long way toward showing a lay audience the value, integrity, and aesthetic sensibility of black culture, and moreover the conflicts which arise when its values are treated as deviant version of majority ones."—Marjorie Harness Goodwin, American Ethnologist

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In this book, the author draws attention to a rarely acknowledged problem in inter-ethnic communications: A difference in means (or style) rather than ends (or goals) impedes many attempts at communications among Americans...His thesis is convincing and his demonstrations impress the reader with the range and importance of stylistic co...

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"Goes a long way toward showing a lay audience the value, integrity, and aesthetic sensibility of black culture, and moreover the conflicts which arise when its values are treated as deviant version of majority ones."—Marjorie Harness Goodwin, American Ethnologist

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In this book, the author draws attention to a rarely acknowledged problem in inter-ethnic communications: A difference in means (or style) rather than ends (or goals) impedes many attempts at communications among Americans...His thesis is convincing and his demonstrations impress the reader with the range and importance of stylistic co...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.4 inPublished:August 15, 1983Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226449556

ISBN - 13:9780226449555

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Black Culture
2. Classroom Modalities
3. Fighting Words
4. Boasting and Bragging
5. Male and Female Interaction: The First Phase
6. Truth and Consequences
7. Information as Property
8. The Force Field
9. Style
10. Epilogue
Appendix: Testing for Cultural Homogeneity
References
Index

From Our Editors

In this book, the author draws attention to a rarely acknowledged problem in inter-ethnic communications: A difference in means (or style) rather than ends (or goals) impedes many attempts at communications among Americans...His thesis is convincing and his demonstrations impress the reader with the range and importance of stylistic conflicts...The potential for conflict and misunderstanding which inheres in these stylistic differences has alarming implications.