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In Search of the Black FantasticPolitics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era$
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Richard Iton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178463.001.0001

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Space is the Place

Space is the Place

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(p.284) 8 Space is the Place
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In Search of the Black Fantastic
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Richard Iton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178463.003.0008

Language and rhetoric also play a vital role in culture and politics, since conflicts may arise from varied interpretations; for example, as when it was considered racist to use the word “refugee” to describe the African Americans fleeing during the flood brought by Hurricane Katrina. As many opinions came in from different prominent people in America, it was Kanye West's unscripted statement that drew the most attention because he mentioned that President Bush did not care for the black community. The absence of space within language, as demonstrated by this example, is one of the ways in which not just process and substance, but structure and agency, geography, culture, and politics, become interrelated. The author points out in this chapter that if black fantastic sensibilities work across these spaces, we observe that space generates an analog with language, and possibly with other aspects as well.

Keywords:   language, space, rhetoric, African American, refugees, Kanye West, President Bush

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