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 website by which surveillance is practiced, narrated, and resisted. She exhibits how modern surveillance applied sciences and practices are trained through the lengthy heritage of racial formation and via the tools of policing black lifestyles less than slavery, resembling branding, runaway slave notices, and lantern legislation. putting surveillance stories into dialog with the archive of transatlantic slavery and its afterlife, Browne attracts from black feminist idea, sociology, and cultural stories to research texts as different 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 artwork, literature, biometrics, and post-9/11 airport safety practices. Surveillance, Browne asserts, is either a discursive and fabric perform that reifies obstacles, borders, and our bodies round racial traces, rather a lot in order that the surveillance of blackness has lengthy been, and is still, a social and political norm. 
 

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