Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 265 pages
Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race understands Black embodiment within the context of white hegemony within the context of a racist, anti-Black world. George Yancy examines themes such as double consciousness, invisibility, and corporeal malediction that capture the lived reality of Black bodies under tremendous existential duress. He demonstrates that the Black body is a historically lived text on which whites have inscribed their projections which speak equally forcefully to whites' own self-conceptions.

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The Elevator Effect Black BodiesWhite Bodies
Whiteness Unseen Things Seen
The Return of the Black Body Seven Vignettes
The Agential Black Body Resisting the Black Imago in the White Imaginary
Exposing the Serious World of Whiteness through Frederick Douglasss Autobiographical Reflections
Desiring Bluest Eyes Desiring Whiteness The Black Body as Torn Asunder
Whiteness as Ambush and the Transformative Power of Vigilance
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George Yancy teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Duquesne University. His influential edited books include: Philosophy in Multiple Voices (2007), White on White/Black on Black (2005), Narrative Identities: Psychologists Engaged in Self-Construction (2005, with Susan Hadley), What White Looks Like: African-American Philosophers on the Whiteness Question (2004), The Philosophical i: Personal Reflections on Life in Philosophy (2002), Cornel West: A Critical Reader (2001), and African-American Philosophers, 17 Conversations (1998).