Embodiment and Black Religion - Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience - CERCL Writing Collective

Embodiment and Black Religion - Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience - CERCL Writing Collective

7. Hoodies and Headwraps: Everyday Religion and the Dressing of Black Bodies

Embodiment and Black Religion - Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience - CERCL Writing Collective

CERCL Writing Collective [+-]
Rice University
The authors of this volume are the members of Rice University's Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning Writing Collective: Anthony B. Pinn, Jessica B. Davenport, Justine M. Bakker, Cleve V. Tinsley IV, Biko Mandela Gray, David A. Kline, Jason O. Jeffries, Sharde' N. Chapman and Mark A. DeYoung

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Using the events and controversies surrounding Trayvon Martin, Rachel Dolezal, and Sarah Valentine as case studies, Chapter 7 argues that dress and fashion are sites for both restrictive discursive constructions of black embodiment as well as expressions of the quest for complex subjectivity. Through Frantz Fanon’s understanding of the “historico-racial” schema that “fixes” bodies within an array of stereotypes and myths, this chapter begins by showing how fashion and dress can produce limited and/or dehumanizing understandings of identity, subjectivity, and embodiment. We then demonstrate how individual constructions of “fashion subjectivity” constitute an embodied push for meaning and more expansive ontological possibilities.

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Writing Collective, CERCL. 7. Hoodies and Headwraps: Everyday Religion and the Dressing of Black Bodies. Embodiment and Black Religion - Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 97-116 Oct 2017. ISBN 9781781793466. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27409. Date accessed: 21 Sep 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27409. Oct 2017

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