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Mourning in America: Race and the Politics of Loss

David W. McIvor

Abstract

Recent years have brought public mourning to the heart of American politics, as exemplified by the spread and power of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gained force through its identification of pervasive social injustices with individual losses. The deaths of Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, and so many others have brought private grief into the public sphere. The rhetoric and iconography of mourning has been noteworthy in Black Lives Matter protests, but this text argues that we have paid too little attention to the nature of soci ... More

Keywords: American politics, Black Lives Matter, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Ku Klux Klan, Greensboro Massacre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501704956
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501704956.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. McIvor, author
Colorado State University