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AutochthonomiesTransnationalism, Testimony, and Transmission in the African Diaspora$
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Myriam J. A. Chancy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043048

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043048.001.0001

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(Re)Presenting Racial Permeability, (Dis)Ability, and Racial (Dis)Affiliations

(Re)Presenting Racial Permeability, (Dis)Ability, and Racial (Dis)Affiliations

(p.31) 1 (Re)Presenting Racial Permeability, (Dis)Ability, and Racial (Dis)Affiliations

Myriam J. A. Chancy

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores how “race” is both constructed and performed, the ways in which some of these performances have been naturalized, and the degree to which, as such, “race” can be reformulated from ethnic or cultural points of view. The purpose of doing so is to show that the degree of agency and autonomy that both “black” and “white” subjects can achieve in a racialized society is a function of the systems and structures that invigilate racial stratification. The chapter goes on to show that what constitutes networks of belonging through culture and kinship can be differentially engaged in ways that break away from the naturalization of race as a means of separation and agglomeration. In other words, new ways of assembling human beings can emerge that run counter to already racialized societal systems. Texts examined include works by Adrian Piper, Jeff Koons, Octavia Butler, and Pamela Gien.

Keywords:   Adrian Piper, Jeff Koons, Octavia Butler, Pamela Gien, assemblage theory, (dis)affiliations, (dis)ability, Racialization, social systems, kinship

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