Nigger: interpretations of the word's prevalence on the Chappelle's Show, throughout entertainment, and in everyday life Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Coward, Kyle Antar
    • Affiliation: Hussman School of Journalism and Media
  • This study analyzes the prevalence of the word nigger in the television sketch comedy the Chappelle's Show – in particular, the word's prevalence in a 2004 skit entitled The Niggar Family – by performing a textual reading of the five-act skit, along with conducting in-depth interviews with ten black individuals. In addition to the comprehension of sentiments regarding the word's prevalence on the Chappelle's Show, this study also analyzes how participants construct meaning out of the word as it is prevalent not only throughout entertainment in general, but in everyday life outside of entertainment as well. The data from the in-depth interviews is gathered and analyzed by the utilization of the grounded theory framework of Strauss and Corbin (1998).
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