Pursuing Trayvon Martin

Pursuing Trayvon Martin : Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics

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Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics explores the historical implications of the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin, by George Zimmerman, in 2012. The book telescopes various themes that are important to a broad market, including race, masculinity, racial profiling, racist stereotyping, black youth and police violence, and racism.
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  • Hardback | 302 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 589.67g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739178822
  • 9780739178829

Table of contents

About the Contributors Introduction Chapter 1: Now You See It, Now You Don't: Magic Tricks of White Supremacy in the U.S. Chapter 2: Imagined Communities: Whitopia and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy Chapter 3: Indignity and Death: Philosophical Commentary on White Terror, Black Death and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy Chapter 4: No Bigots Required: What the Science of Racial Bias Reveals in the Wake of Travyon Martin Chapter 5: Two Forms of Transcendence: Justice and the Problem of Knowledge in the Trayvon Martin Case Chapter 6: The Irreplaceability of Continued Struggle Chapter 7: Dead Black Man, Just Walking Chapter 8: Distorted Vision and Deadly Speech: Enabling Racial Violence through Paradox and Script Chapter 9: "Seeing Black" through Michel Foucault's Eyes: "Stand Your Ground" Laws as an Anchorage Point for State-Sponsored Racism Chapter 10: Should Black Kids Avoid Wearing Hoodies? Chapter 11: Can We Imagine This Happening to a White Boy? Chapter 12: A Mother's Pain: The Toxicity of the Systemic Disease of Devaluation Transferred from the Black Mother to the Black Male Child Chapter 13: Social Presence, Visibility, and the Eye of the Beholder: A Phenomenology of Social Embodiment Chapter 14: Trayvon Martin, Racism, and the Dilemma of the African American Parent Chapter 15: Refusing Blackness-as-Victimization: Trayvon Martin and the Black Cyborgs Chapter 16: Politics, Moral Identity, and the Limits of White Silence Chapter 17: Trayvon Martin and the Tragedy of the New Jim Crow Chapter 18: "What Are You Doing Around Here?": Trayvon Martin and the Logic of Black Guilt Chapter 19: Trayvon Martin: When Effortless Grace is Sacrificed on the Altar of the Image Coda: Through the eyes of a mother: Reflections on the rites of passage of black boyhood
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'Wrong time, wrong place' goes the classic expression. But the problem is that if you're the wrong race, any time and place can be wrong. Under white supremacy, the black body brings its own wrongness with it, rewriting the rules for what counts as reasonable suspicion, standing your ground, and justifiable self-defense. These urgent and timely essays on the Trayvon Martin killing expose in unflinching detail the racialized norms of white social cognition, and why justice demands their revision. -- Charles W. Mills, CUNY Graduate Center The chapters in Pursuing Trayvon Martin are written from a wide and diverse range of disciplinary perspectives: women's studies, religious studies, criminology and criminal justice, Africana studies, philosophy, and psychology... [One of] Pursuing Trayvon Martin's strengths [is] its exhaustiveness in its thematic and analytical scope and the diversity of its authors and their approaches... Pursuing Trayvon Martin: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Manifestations of Racial Dynamics will serve as an important point of reference as we continue in our struggle to understand this horrendous tragedy. Each piece begins a conversation that we should be on the alert for further development in a range of different fora. Yancy and Jones are to be commended for beginning this conversation and for their astute solicitation of work. The text's scope, conceptual innovativeness, and thematic breadth give the work an archival quality... This text honors the memory of Trayvon Martin. APA Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience
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About Janine Jones

George Yancy is associate professor of philosophy at Duquesne University. He is the author of Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race (2008) and Look, a White! Philosophical Essays on Whiteness (2012). Yancy is the editor of over twelve books and has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals. In 2012, he was nominated for the Duquesne University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Janine Jones is associate professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is interested in philosophical topics and problems where race and gender, philosophy of mind, language, epistemology, and metaphysics intersect. She is the author of "Illusory Possibilities and Imagining Counterparts" Acta Analytica (2004), "The Impairment of Empathy in Goodwill Whites" in What White Looks Like, ed. George Yancy, Routledge (2004), and Racialized Embodiment in Racialized Realms (Forthcoming Suny).
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