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Shadow Bodies: Black Women, Ideology, Representation, and Politics (Paperback)
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Shadow Bodies: Black Women, Ideology, Representation, and Politics (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 30/08/2017
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What does it mean for Black women to organize in a political context that has generally ignored them or been unresponsive although Black women have shown themselves an important voting bloc? How for example, does #sayhername translate into a political agenda that manifests itself in specific policies? Shadow Bodies focuses on the positionality of the Black woman's body, which serves as a springboard for helping us think through political and cultural representations. It does so by asking: How do discursive practices, both speech and silences, support and maintain hegemonic understandings of Black womanhood thereby rendering some Black women as shadow bodies, unseen and unremarked upon?

Grounded in Black feminist thought, Julia S. Jordan-Zachery looks at the functioning of scripts ascribed to Black women's bodies in the framing of HIV/AIDS, domestic abuse, and mental illness and how such functioning renders some bodies invisible in Black politics in general and Black women's politics specifically.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813593395
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"Shadow Bodies takes the reader on a sobering journey through aspects of black womanhood that are usually divorced from social scientific inquiry: how personal experiences with and public discourses about domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and mental illness shape black women's political socialization. Embracing classic formulations in black feminist thought, the author bravely exposes and deconstructs the forced silences that black women must break as we move ever more fully into American public life."

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