Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness

Simone Browne


In Dark Matters Simone Browne locates the stipulations of blackness as a key web site during which surveillance is practiced, narrated, and resisted. She indicates how modern surveillance applied sciences and practices are educated by way of the lengthy historical past of racial formation and through the equipment of policing black lifestyles less than slavery, resembling branding, runaway slave notices, and lantern legislation. putting surveillance reviews into dialog with the archive of transatlantic slavery and its afterlife, Browne attracts from black feminist concept, sociology, and cultural reviews to investigate texts as diversified because the tools of surveilling blackness she discusses: from the layout of the eighteenth-century slave send Brooks, Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon, and The publication of Negroes, to modern paintings, literature, biometrics, and post-9/11 airport protection practices. Surveillance, Browne asserts, is either a discursive and fabric perform that reifies barriers, borders, and our bodies round racial traces, a lot in order that the surveillance of blackness has lengthy been, and is still, a social and political norm. 
 

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