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Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice

Rima Vesely-Flad
Format
Book
Published
Minneapolis : Fortress Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9781506420493 (Paper), 1506420494 (Paper)
Summary
At the center of contemporary struggles over aggressive policing practices is an assumed association in U.S. culture of blackness with criminality. Rima L. Vesely-Flad examines the religious and philosophical constructs of the black body in U.S. society, examining racialized ideas about purity and pollution as they have developed historically and as they are institutionalized today in racially disproportionate policing and mass incarceration. These systems keep threatening populations in a constant state of harassment and tension so that they are unable to "pollute" the morals of mainstream so.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • part I. Race and moral pollution
  • 1. A socio-historical review of race and morality
  • 2. Constructions of character and criminality in nineteenth-century US penal systems
  • 3. Institutionalizing pollution boundaries : policing, imprisonment, and reentry
  • part II. Racial justice movements
  • 4. Policing dark bodies in polluted spaces : stop and frisk in New York City, 1993-2013
  • 5. Confronting pollution : protest as the performance of purity in the Black Lives Matter movement
  • 6. Seeing Jesus in Michael Brown : new theological : constructions of blackness
  • 7. Conclusion : reconstructing the image of the polluted black body.
Description
xlv, 225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-220) and index.
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