By Janell Hobson
In Body as Evidence, Janell Hobson demanding situations postmodernist dismissals of id politics and the delusional trust that the Millennial period displays a “postracial” and “postfeminist” international. Hobson issues to various examples in cultural narratives, which recommend that new media depend on previous 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 via analyzing a variety of representations, from renowned indicates like American Idol to public figures just like the Obamas to high-profile circumstances just like the Duke lacrosse rape scandal to present developments in electronic tradition. Hobson’s learn additionally discusses the ladies who've fueled and retooled twenty-first-century media to make experience of antiracist and feminist resistance. Her discussions comprise the electronica of Janelle Monáe, M.I.A., and Björk; the feminist movie odysseys of Wanuri Kahiu and Neloufer Pazira; and the embodied resistance discovered easily in elevating one’s voice in track, making a web publication, donning a veil, stripping bare, or planting a tree. Spinning wisdom out of this knowledge overload, Hobson deals a world 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 publication is a travel de strength that convincingly and bravely asserts the necessity for persisted consciousness to the intersection of race and gender; it's a serious warning call for the millennial new release that the struggle for justice and equality is much from over.” — Signs
“…Hobson is keenly attuned to the gap among what’s been attained and what’s but to be, and the dissonance among what’s pronounced and the way existence is really lived.” — Ms. Magazine
“By racializing the research of expertise, Janell Hobson brings to the leading edge a few vitally important matters in regards to the electronic divide. there's a tendency in a few components of academia to wholeheartedly rejoice new applied sciences with no giving sufficient concept to how classification, gender, race, and geographical divisions have an effect on either the construction 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 stories on the college at Albany, nation collage of recent York. She is the writer of Venus at midnight: Blackness and wonder in renowned Culture.
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