New Stuff Tuesday – April 19, 2016

cover for Dog Whistle Politics. Title of the book is in red text and the image of a dog's head peers up from the bottom of the cover. The dog appears to be a doberman pinscher.

Dog Whistle Politics
how coded racial appeals have reinvented racism and wrecked the middle class
by Ian Haney Lopez
E185.615 .H278 2015
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

In Ian Haney Lopez’s work, we learn that the words we use matter a great deal. Words are sometimes used strategically to have a coded meaning that we must be critical in interpreting. Dog Whistle Politics deconstructs the coded racial appeals that are often used to sow resentment in white voters. Lopez seeks to identify the imagery that racial coded dog-whistles convey and explore how they have developed and been used in American politics since the 1970s. This book will stir debate, but allows for much needed conversations about what people think when they hear comments about undocumented immigrants, crime, Islamic faith, and many other topics. This is a book about racial attitudes and how they can motivate and influence voting behaviors of the middle class.

Other works by Ian Haney Lopez owned by Andersen Library include Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice.

About James Castrillo

Reference and Instruction Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Andersen Library. Liaison to History, Women's/Gender Studies, Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology, Theatre and Dance, Philosophy and Religious Studies departments.
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