States have a right and a duty to define strictly what qualifies as an acceptable personal name??…

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“States have a right and a duty to define strictly what qualifies as an acceptable personal name.” Do you agree? Individual essay: 1500-2000 words  Deadline: May 12 Requirements for the individual essay  Choose a “troublespot” for case study, or a topic, or set of issues  Relate the discussion to key issues and analytical concepts in the course a) “Meaning Troublespots”b) meaning and interpretationc) Indeterminacy and disagreement: who gets to say what words mean?d) Political correctness (PC) and namese) Language, labels, and identity politicsf) Personal names, brand names and individual freedomg) Freedom of speech and conducth) Contentious vocabulary (i): animal vs human; rational vs irrational; real vs constructed (ii): mind, spirit, soul Bring in a range of materials and sources (“voices”)  Credit will be given for finding your own sources, especially academic ones  Pay particular attention to the interrelationship between a troublespot, or topic, and more abstract levels of analysis  Pay particular attention to the introduction and the conclusion (the “frame”)  If you find it helpful, use sub-headings as a guide to the structure of the essay  Try to make the whole essay flow from one point to the next, so as to convince the reader that you have a strong narrative grasp of the topic  Levels of analysis  Descriptive (e.g. of a meaning “troublespot”): what, where, when, who, …  Historical: background, as a source of dispute, …  Medium-related: social media, mainstream media – visual vs textual  Textual: metaphors, dichotomies, key terms, key concepts  Interpretative: disputes about how meanings should be analyzed; how to recognize the “true” meaning  Ideological: ideas of sponsorship, authenticity, ownership, identity vs freedom of speech, marketplace of ideas, …  Analytical: juxtaposing opposing voices, showing how the particular issue relates to a more general framework, identifying interpretative conflicts  Academic-intellectual: commentary…

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