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In Dark Matters Simone Browne locates the conditions of blackness as a key site through which surveillance is practiced, narrated, and resisted. She shows how contemporary surveillance technologies and practices are informed by the long history of racial formation and by the methods of policing black life under slavery, such as branding, runaway slave notices, and lantern laws. Placing surveillance studies into conversation with the archive of transatlantic slavery and its afterlife, Browne draws from black feminist theory, sociology, and cultural studies to analyze texts as diverse as the methods of surveilling blackness she discusses: from the design of the eighteenth-century slave ship Brooks, Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon, and The Book of Negroes, to contemporary art, literature, biometrics, and post-9/11 airport security practices. Surveillance, Browne asserts, is both a discursive and material practice that reifies boundaries, borders, and bodies around racial lines, so much so that the surveillance of blackness has long been, and continues to be, a social and political norm. 
 

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction, and Other Dark Matters
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. 1. Notes on Surveillance Studies: Through the Door of No Return
  2. pp. 31-62
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  1. 2. "Everybody's Got a Little Light under the Sun": The Making of the Book of Negroes
  2. pp. 63-88
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  1. 3. BĀ®anding Blackness: Biometric Technology and the Surveillance of Blackness
  2. pp. 89-130
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  1. 4. "What Did TSA Find in Solange's Fro"?: Security Theater at the Airport
  2. pp. 131-160
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  1. Epilogue: When Blackness Enters the Frame
  2. pp. 161-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-190
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 191-202
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 203-213
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822375302
Related ISBN
9780822359197
MARC Record
OCLC
1146256095
Pages
223
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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