The Governmentality of Black Beauty Shame

Discourse, Iconicity and Resistance

Authors: Tate, Shirley Anne

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This book uses the experiences and conversations of Black British women as a lens to examine the impact of discourses surrounding Black beauty shame. Black beauty shame exists within racialized societies which situate white beauty as iconic, and as a result produce Black ‘ugliness’ as a counterpoint. At the same time, Black Nationalist discourses present Black-white ‘mixed race’ women as bodies out of place within the Black community. In the examples analysed within the book, women disidentify from both the iconicities of white beauty and the discourses of Black Nationalist darker-skinned beauty, negating both ideals. This demonstration of Foucaldian counter-conduct can be read as a form of disalienation from the governmentality of Black beauty shame. This fascinating volume will be of interest to students and scholars of Black identity, Black beauty and discourse analysis.

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Shirley  Anne Tate is Professor of Race and Education in the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, UK.  She is also a Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, South Africa, with links to many other institutions worldwide. Her research interests centre around Black beauty, identity, performativity and Black diaspora politics.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Developing a Black Decolonial Feminist Approach to Black Beauty Shame

    Tate, Shirley Anne

    Pages 1-17

  • The Governmentality of Silence and Silencing and Black Beauty Shame

    Tate, Shirley Anne

    Pages 19-30

  • Reading Black Beauty Shame in Talk: An Ethnomethodologically Inclined Discourse Analysis

    Tate, Shirley Anne

    Pages 31-47

  • Black Beauty Shame: Intensification, Skin Ego and Biopolitical Silencing

    Tate, Shirley Anne

    Pages 49-64

  • White Iconicity: Necropolitics, Disalienation and Black Beauty Shame Scripts

    Tate, Shirley Anne

    Pages 65-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Governmentality of Black Beauty Shame
Book Subtitle
Discourse, Iconicity and Resistance
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52258-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52258-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52257-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 141
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