By Janell Hobson
Analyzes how race and gender intersect within the rhetoric and imagery of pop culture within the early twenty-first century.
In Body as Evidence, Janell Hobson demanding situations postmodernist dismissals of id politics and the delusional trust that the Millennial period displays a “postracial” and “postfeminist” global. Hobson issues to varied examples in cultural narratives, which recommend that new media depend on outdated ideologies within the shaping of the physique politic.
Body as Evidence creates a theoretical mash-up of prose and poetry to light up the ways in which our bodies nonetheless topic as websites of political, cultural, and electronic resistance. It does so by way of interpreting numerous representations, from well known indicates like American Idol to public figures just like the Obamas to high-profile instances just like the Duke lacrosse rape scandal to present developments in electronic tradition. Hobson’s learn additionally discusses the ladies who've fueled and retooled twenty-first-century media to make experience of antiracist and feminist resistance. Her discussions contain the electronica of Janelle Monáe, M.I.A., and Björk; the feminist movie odysseys of Wanuri Kahiu and Neloufer Pazira; and the embodied resistance came across easily in elevating one’s voice in music, making a web publication, donning a veil, stripping bare, or planting a tree. Spinning wisdom out of this data overload, Hobson deals a world black feminist meditation on how bodies mobilize, destabilize, and decolonize the meanings of race and gender in an more and more digitized and globalized world.
“By racializing the research of expertise, Janell Hobson brings to the vanguard a few extremely important concerns concerning the electronic divide. there's a tendency in a few components of academia to wholeheartedly have fun new applied sciences with out giving sufficient notion to how type, gender, race, and geographical divisions impact either the construction and intake ends of the chain.” — Gail Dines, coeditor of Gender, Race, and sophistication in Media: A serious Reader, 3rd version