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African American Studies and Black Diaspora, Critical Ethnic Studies, Sociology > Social Theory

Antiblackness investigates the ways in which the dehumanization of Black people has been foundational to the establishment of modernity. Drawing on Black feminism, Afropessimism, and critical race theory, the book's contributors trace forms of antiblackness across time and space, from nineteenth-century slavery to the categorization of Latinx in the 2020 census, from South Africa and Palestine to the Chickasaw homelands, from the White House to convict lease camps, prisons, and schools. Among other topics, they examine the centrality of antiblackness in the introduction of Carolina rice to colonial India, the presence of Black people and Native Americans in the public discourse of precolonial Korea, and the practices of denial that obscure antiblackness in contemporary France. Throughout, the contributors demonstrate that any analysis of white supremacy---indeed, of the world---that does not contend with antiblackness is incomplete.

Contributors. Mohan Ambikaipaker, Jodi A. Byrd, Iyko Day, Anthony Paul Farley, Crystal Marie Fleming, Sarah Haley, Tanya Katerí Hernández, Sarah Ihmoud, Joy James, Moon-Kie Jung, Jae Kyun Kim, Charles W. Mills, Dylan Rodríguez, Zach Sell, João H. Costa Vargas, Frank B. Wilderson III, Connie Wun


“These essays arrive right on time, and with no apparent expiration date. Moon-Kie Jung and João H. Costa Vargas have assembled a collection that forcefully  unravels, analyzes, and exposes how slavery and global antiblackness structure and produce meaning in the modern world. The essays theorize, analyze, and provide us field notes for understanding how and why antiblackness does not just underwrite the modern world but actively produces it in multiple modalities. After encountering these essays, any analysis that does not contend with antiblackness as central to modern life is an analysis blind to what exactly the modern means.” — Rinaldo Walcott, author of The Long Emancipation: Moving toward Black Freedom

“Moon-Kie Jung and João H. Costa Vargas have assembled an impressive cross section of thinkers who write from a host of methodological and philosophical positions and approaches and who work toward a necessary language to situate antiblackness in and beyond Black studies. The need for this project could not be more urgent.” — Shana L. Redmond, author of Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson


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Moon-Kie Jung is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the author of Beneath the Surface of White Supremacy: Denaturalizing US Racisms Past and Present.

João H. Costa Vargas is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside and the author of The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Introduction. Antiblackness of the Social and the Human / João H. Costa Vargas and Moon-Kie Jung  1
Part I. Openings
1. The Illumination of Blackness / Charles W. Mills  17
2. Afropessimism and the Ruse of Analogy: Violence, Freedom Struggles, and the Death of Black Desire / Frank B. Wilderson III  37
3. Afro-feminism before Afropessimism: Meditations on Gender and Ontology / Iyko Day  60
4. Toward a General Theory of Antiblackness / Anthony Paul Farley  82
Part II. Groundings
5. Limited Growth: U.S. Settler Slavery, Colonial India, and Global Rice Markets in the Mid-Nineteenth Century / Zach Sell  107
6. Flesh Work and the Reproduction of Black Culpability / Sarah Haley  131
7. "Not to Be Slaves of Others": Antiblackness in Precolonial Korea / Jae Kyun Kim and Moon-Kie Jung  143
Part III. Captivities
8. "Mass Incarceration" as Misnomer: Chattel/Domestic War and the Problem of Narrativity / Dylan Rodríguez 171
9. Gendered Antiblackness and Police Violence in the Formations of British Political Liberalism / Mohan Ambikaipaker  198
10. Schools as Sites of Antiblack Violence: Black Girls and Policing in the Afterlife of Slavery / Connie Wun  224
11. Presidential Powers in the Captive Maternal Lives of Sally, Michelle, and Deborah / Joy James  244
Part IV. Unsettlings
12. On the Illegibility of French Antiblackness: Notes from an African American Critic / Crystal M. Fleming  263
13. Latino Antiblack Bias and the Census Categorization of Latinos: Race, Ethnicity, or Other? / Tanya Katerí Hernández  283
14. Born Palestinian, Born Black: Antiblackness and the Womb of Zionist Settler Colonialism / Sarah Ihmoud  297
15. Not Yet: Indigeneity, Antiblackness, and Anticolonial Liberation / Jodi A. Byrd  309
References  325
Contributors  369
Index  373
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1181-1 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1069-2