Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Tables

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xv

...The most important lesson this journey has taught thus far, however, is that completing this book, like so many other things in life, required the help and support of many people. First and foremost, I thank those people who took the time to tell me about their experiences with street speech. Although they must remain anonymous, I thank each of them from the bottom of my...

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CHAPTER ONE: Introduction

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pp. 1-16

...women, such words instill fear as a possible prelude to sexual violence. To people of color, such words bring the sting of racism, a bitter reminder that racial bias lives on and can surface anywhere, anytime, in subtle or blatant forms. To gays and lesbians such words convey a threat of hostility and aggression...

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CHAPTER TWO: Law and Power in Sidewalk Encounters: Con icting Perspectives on Offensive Public Speech

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pp. 17-38

...asserting a dominant role. The targets of such comments are faced with a choice about what to do in the face of such comments. Do they ee, do they ght, do they ignore, do they resist? Part of the contest on the street is a matter of interpretation. Is a crude comment a harmless compliment? Is it an inevitable occurrence in a diverse, sexually liberated society? Is it a hurtful offense? Or is it a...

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CHAPTER THREE: Experiencing Offensive Public Speech: The Detailed Calculus for Being in Public

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pp. 39-67

...evidence exists about experiences with offensive public speech. Although some scholars advocate its legal regulation (Delgado 1993; Delgado and Yun 1995; Lawrence 1990; Matsuda, Lawrence, Delgado, and Crenshaw 1993), it is a social problem that remains largely invisible to members of privileged groups, perhaps because they less often are targets of such speech. Despite this invisibility...

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CHAPTER FOUR: Offensive Public Speech as a Personal Problem, Social Problem, and Subject for Legal Intervention

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pp. 68-97

...is a frequent problem for women in society, which deeply affects how and when they move in public. Similarly, people of color often are the target of race-related offensive public speech which requires them to steel themselves for unpredictable but troubling encounters. I also found some evidence that men...

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CHAPTER FIVE: Ordinary Citizens' Views of the Legal Regulation of Street Speech

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pp. 98-132

...subjects often oppose the legal regulation of offensive public speech. In chapter 3, I demonstrated how often street harassment occurs and the profound harm felt by those who are targets. In chapter 4, I showed that subjects frequently report that offensive public speech about race and sex poses a personal and social...

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CHAPTER SIX: Power in Public: Reactions, Responses, and Resistance to Offensive Public Speech

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pp. 133-166

...encounter offensive racist and sexually suggestive speech (Davis 1994; Duneier 1999; Feagin 1991; Gardner 1995; Nielsen 2000). Moreover, there is both empirical evidence and commentary that suggests that such speech is harmful to its targets (Delgado 1993; Feagin 1991; Landrine and Klonoff 1996). Chapters 3 and 4 show that the vast majority of subjects say that offensive...

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CHAPTER SEVEN: License to Harass

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pp. 167-180

...of how ordinary citizens experienced offensive public speech and thought about it with respect to law. By conducting this research at two levels—the official and the everyday—we have learned much about the relationship between law, legal consciousness, and social hierarchy in the contemporary United States. We have learned from a closer scrutiny of judicial opinion that...

APPENDIX A: Research Design

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pp. 181-197

APPENDIX B: Questionnaire

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pp. 198-206

Notes

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pp. 207-211

Cases Cited

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pp. 212-212

References

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pp. 213-218

Index

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pp. 219-225