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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. 
 

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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Different Streams of Knowledge: Theoretically Situating This Study
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  1. 2. Inscribing and the Black (Female) Body Politic
  2. pp. 30-51
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  1. 3. Uncovering Talk across Time And Space: Black Women Elected Officials, Essence and Ebony, and Black Female Bloggers
  2. pp. 52-75
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  1. 4. “Safe, Soulful Sex”: HIV/AIDS Talk
  2. pp. 76-100
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  1. 5. Killing Me Softly: Narratives on Domestic Violence and Black Womanhood
  2. pp. 101-123
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  1. 6. “Why So Many Sisters Are Mad and Sad”: Talking about Black Women with Mental Illnesses
  2. pp. 124-139
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  1. 7. Sister Speak: Using Intersectionality in Our Political and Policy Strategizing
  2. pp. 140-156
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 157-162
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Notes
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813593432
Related ISBN
9780813593395
MARC Record
OCLC
989520234
Pages
214
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-29
Language
English
Open Access
No
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