A Brief Note On Reclamation Of Slurs And Its Effect On The Process Of Reclamation Essay

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0: Introduction
Reclamation of slurs has recently begun to be studied in certain social sciences, however there is little work being done at the moment to formalise the process of reclamation. In what follows I aim to shed light on and characterise the process of reclamation. My aim is not to make any sort of a judgement as to whether reclamation is a goal which should be strived for I am simply trying to illustrate the mechanism by which it takes place.

In order to do this I will employ Ian Hacking’s mechanism of the looping effects of human kinds in order to characterise the mechanism that I introduce. In Section I I shall introduce and explain Hacking’s looping effects of human kinds defending it against a couple of possible rebuttals. In Section II I will translate Hacking’s mechanism into a form which I will then contend applies to slurs. In Section III I will describe how reclamation can be characterised in this framework. Finally, in Section IV I will defend the use of the model I have created by considering a couple of possible rebuttals and then close with a couple of concluding remarks.

I: Hacking’s Looping Effects of Human Kinds

Ian Hacking first details his idea of the looping effects of human kinds in a chapter of Causal Cognition: A Multidiciplinary Debate. Hacking’s chapter sets out how human kinds differ from natural kinds as they can, as he put it, “loop” (Hacking, 1995). In the following, I will use Hacking’s idea of looping as detailed in this chapter;

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