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Black Girls and Lady Police

Black Girls and Lady Police

Blank Affect and the Ecology of the Gym

(p.236) Black Girls and Lady Police
Affective Materialities
Robin Hackett
University Press of Florida

In this epilogue, Robin Hackett begins to theorize the future of the affective ecology of the modernist body as a raced body. Hackett’s essay reaches into the realm of twenty-first-century social justice advocacy in the current political climate—a climate in which the supremacy of white bodies and segregation of black bodies are constituted by spaces of access and exclusion—to ask of the modernist body, what’s next? Drawing on a framework of emotions that have been mobilized for critical activism, love, rage, and shame, and reading the spaces of schools and restrooms, care homes and gyms, Hackett questions the logic of how public affects circulate between black and white bodies and suggests instead that a blank affect may produce an ethical response that truly matters despite how it may make us feel.

Keywords:   Affective ecology, Modernist body, Social justice advocacy, Blank affect

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