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Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital

Adrienne D. Davis and BSE Collective


This book is a compilation of contemporary and previously unpublished scholarship on Black sexualities. The sixteen essays work to untangle the complex mechanisms of dominance and subordination as they are attached to political and socioeconomic forces, cultural productions, and academic lenses that assess sexuality as it intersects with race. Some of the essays trace the historical and contemporary markets for sexual labor and systems of erotic capital. Other essays illuminate how forces of commodification, exploitation, and appropriation, which render black sexualities both desirable and dev ... More

Keywords: black sexual genealogies, sexual economy, black sexuality and eroticism in film, art, literature, music, television, digital/online technologies, black bodies and aesthetics, queer of color critique

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042645
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042645.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrienne D. Davis, editor
Georgetown University

BSE Collective, editor

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Black Sexual Economies

The BSE Collective

Part I Sexual Labor and Race Play

Chapter 2 Black Stud, White Desire

Mireille Miller-Young and Xavier Livermon

Part II Sexual Economies of Sexual Publics

Chapter 6 “Will the Real Men Stand Up?”

Marlon M. Bailey and Matt Richardson

Chapter 7 “Happy at Last”

Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr.

Part III The Drag of Cultural Dissemblance

Chapter 8 Gospel Drag

Shana L. Redmond

Part IV Beyond Black Social Life as Death: The Erotics of Black Lives

Part V Imagine: Pedagogy, Black Feminist Arts, and Creative Methodologies

Chapter 15 The Book of Joy

Anya M. Wallace and Jillian Hernandez