By Janell Hobson
In Body as Evidence, Janell Hobson demanding situations postmodernist dismissals of identification politics and the delusional trust that the Millennial period displays a “postracial” and “postfeminist” international. Hobson issues to assorted examples in cultural narratives, which recommend that new media depend upon outdated ideologies within the shaping of the physique politic.
Body as Evidence creates a theoretical mash-up of prose and poetry to light up the ways in which our bodies nonetheless topic as websites of political, cultural, and electronic resistance. It does so by means of interpreting a number of representations, from well known exhibits like American Idol to public figures just like the Obamas to high-profile circumstances just like the Duke lacrosse rape scandal to present traits in electronic tradition. Hobson’s research additionally discusses the ladies who've fueled and retooled twenty-first-century media to make experience of antiracist and feminist resistance. Her discussions contain the electronica of Janelle Monáe, M.I.A., and Björk; the feminist movie odysseys of Wanuri Kahiu and Neloufer Pazira; and the embodied resistance came upon easily in elevating one’s voice in music, making a weblog, donning a veil, stripping bare, or planting a tree. Spinning wisdom out of this data overload, Hobson bargains an international black feminist meditation on how bodies mobilize, destabilize, and decolonize the meanings of race and gender in an more and more digitized and globalized world.
“Hobson’s booklet is a travel de strength that convincingly and bravely asserts the necessity for persevered cognizance to the intersection of race and gender; it's a serious warning call for the millennial iteration that the struggle for justice and equality is way from over.” — Signs
“…Hobson is keenly attuned to the space among what’s been attained and what’s but to be, and the dissonance among what’s pronounced and the way lifestyles is actually lived.” — Ms. Magazine
“By racializing the research of expertise, Janell Hobson brings to the vanguard a few vitally important matters in regards to the electronic divide. there's a tendency in a few components of academia to wholeheartedly have a good time new applied sciences with out giving adequate proposal to how category, gender, race, and geographical divisions have an effect on either the creation and intake ends of the chain.” — Gail Dines, coeditor of Gender, Race, and sophistication in Media: A severe Reader, 3rd Edition
Janell Hobson is affiliate Professor of Women’s reports on the collage at Albany, country collage of recent York. She is the writer of Venus at midnight: Blackness and sweetness in well known Culture.
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