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Civil Death

Colin Dayan

in The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691070919
eISBN:
9781400838592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691070919.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyzes what happens to persons in two cases: the free person of property who commits a felony and undergoes civil death and the enslaved person, who, as bearer of “negative ... More


Original Dishonor: Noah's Curse and the Southern Defense of Slavery

Stephen R. Haynes

in Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195142792
eISBN:
9780199834280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195142799.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter explores the distinctive way American advocates of slavery read the story of Noah and his sons (Gen. 9:20––27) and applied it to the defense of racial slavery. Their departure from the ... More


Notes toward a Political Economy of Life and Death: Reading Richard Wright with Frantz Fanon

Abdul R. JanMohamed

in The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813175164
eISBN:
9780813175195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.003.0019
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Building on his previous analysis of the short stories in Wright’s anthology Uncle Tom’s Children, Abdul R. JanMohamed reflects on Wright’s gradual discovery of a close relationship between social ... More


Reading Richard Wright beyond the Carceral State: The Politics of Refusal in Black Radical Imagination

Laura Grattan

in The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813175164
eISBN:
9780813175195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.003.0020
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter by Laura Grattan offers an alternative to critics and admirers who equate Wright’s resistance to white supremacy and capitalism with either ressentiment or violence. Drawing on Native ... More


Conclusion: Critical Reflections on Race, Class, Empire, and the “Pains of Modernity”

Chong Chon-Smith

in East Meets Black: Asian and Black Masculinities in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628462050
eISBN:
9781626745292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462050.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This conclusion introduces Corporal Edward Chin, the American soldier who tied the noose around Saddam Houssein’s statue in Iraq. It interrogates the parable of racial magnetism within the context of ... More


Rector, Actor, Other

Isaac Ariail Reed

in Power in Modernity: Agency Relations and the Creative Destruction of the King's Two Bodies

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226689319
eISBN:
9780226689593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226689593.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter develops the language of rector, actor, and other, and of "persons with projects" to work toward a new theory of power. It does so in dialogue with pragmatist theories of action and the ... More


Social Death and Everlasting Life: Slave Identity, Honor, and Ritual

Robert Elder

in The Sacred Mirror: "Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the Deep South, 1790-1860"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469627564
eISBN:
9781469627588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627564.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter argues that while enslaved people lived with the constant threat of social death and the shame of slavery, church membership offered an acknowledgment of their identity as part of the ... More


Racism as Opportunity in The Reconstruction Era

Susan L. Mizruchi

in The Rise of Multicultural America: Economy and Print Culture, 1865-1915

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807832509
eISBN:
9781469605678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887967_mizruchi.6
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on the autobiography published by Harriet Jacobs during the beginning of the Civil War. The book recounted Jacobs' unusual experience of slavery; in particular, her ability, as a ... More


The Atlantic Crossing

Audra A. Diptee

in From Africa to Jamaica: The Making of an Atlantic Slave Society, 17751807

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813034829
eISBN:
9780813038414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034829.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

The captive experience during the Atlantic crossing is addressed in this chapter. Like previous chapters it offers a careful inclusion of the experiences of women and children. It suggests that ... More


Facial Work: Aesthetic Surgery as Lifesaving Work

Heather Laine Talley

in Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814784105
eISBN:
9781479840052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814784105.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter describes how brain death is just one form of death that shapes clinical practice. Within sites of facial work, assumptions about disfigurement undergird medical practices. Specifically, ... More


Facing Off: Debating Facial Work, Constructing a “Vital” Intervention

Heather Laine Talley

in Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814784105
eISBN:
9781479840052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814784105.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter examines face transplantation (FT), an emerging biomedical technology developed to treat what is often referred to as “severe” facial disfigurement. FT is an experimental procedure in ... More


Thug Life and Social Death

in Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226395845
eISBN:
9780226395869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226395869.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter investigates the historical context and content of representations of thug life in commercially successful rap. These performances appear to fit the oppositional/coping model of black ... More


Conclusion: For a Critical Poetics of Afro-Fabulation

Tavia Nyong'o

in Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479856275
eISBN:
9781479806386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479856275.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

The conclusion expounds a theory of afro-fabulative poetics of memory through a discussion of the concept of the crypt in the psychoanalysis of Torok and Abraham, as interpreted through the ... More


Drift Method

Jeff Ferrell

in Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780520295544
eISBN:
9780520968271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295544.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

This chapter argues that to chase after drifters is to chase after ghosts. As victims of social death—as people degraded by the forced withdrawal of mutuality and shared respect from their ... More


The Changing Nature of Death in America

Howard Ball

in At Liberty to Die: The Battle for Death with Dignity in America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791042
eISBN:
9780814769751
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791042.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter explores the “medicalization” of death phenomenon that emerged during the twentieth century and how it led some people to seek out a merciful way to end their lives with the assistance ... More


Generating a Market in Children

Kimberly D. McKee

in Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780252042287
eISBN:
9780252051128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042287.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This chapter explores the transnational adoption industrial complex’s origins, paying careful attention to South Korea’s lack of support for unwed mothers and low-income families and the ... More


1 The Changing Nature of Death in America

Howard Ball

in At Liberty to Die: The Battle for Death with Dignity in America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791042
eISBN:
9780814769751
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791042.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter explores the “medicalization” of death phenomenon that emerged during the twentieth century and how it led some people to seek out a merciful way to end their lives with the assistance ... More


Not Just Another Pretty Face: The Social Value of Unremarkability

Heather Laine Talley

in Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814784105
eISBN:
9781479840052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814784105.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter analyzes facial feminization surgery (FFS)—surgical procedures that are marketed to trans women to achieve a “feminine”-appearing face. FFS is positioned as a vital intervention; the ... More


At Face Value

Heather Laine Talley

in Saving Face: Disfigurement and the Politics of Appearance

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814784105
eISBN:
9781479840052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814784105.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter describes three major consequences of the practices described in earlier chapters. First, facial work informed by the disfigurement imaginary positions aesthetic intervention as ... More


The contemplative ideal of dying to the world

Laurence Lux-Sterritt

in English Benedictine Nuns in Exile in the Seventeenth Century: Living Spirituality

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781526110022
eISBN:
9781526124227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526110022.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion

Through the textual analysis of clerical prescriptive writings and of the notes compiled by the nuns themselves, this chapter examines the contemplative ideal and the idea of social death at its very ... More


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