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Black Women's Bodies: The Process of scripting and reading in the policy making process

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From Sarah Baartman (the Hottentot Venus), to Venus Williams, to the Rutgers’s Basketball team, to Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Black women’s bodies are used to tell various stories. In this analysis, I consider how different readings of Black women’s bodies influence how she is represented in public policy discourses. My central purpose is to map cultural and political readings of the Black woman’s body to show how the web of domination, constructed around notions of exoticism and repulsion for example, inform not only our everyday discussions of the “functioning” and “purpose” of black women in society, but also our policy discussions. Using a narrative analysis I ask what is the function of these readings on Black women. My approach utilizes both a sociology of stories approach and a functional approach to determine how particular readings of the Black woman’s body influence policy formation, rendering them simultaneously visible and invisible, and the implications of such readings on the lives of Black women.
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Name: 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies
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Jordan-Zachery, Julia. "Black Women's Bodies: The Process of scripting and reading in the policy making process" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA, Mar 19, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p298426_index.html>

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Jordan-Zachery, J. , 2009-03-19 "Black Women's Bodies: The Process of scripting and reading in the policy making process" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p298426_index.html

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Abstract: From Sarah Baartman (the Hottentot Venus), to Venus Williams, to the Rutgers’s Basketball team, to Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Black women’s bodies are used to tell various stories. In this analysis, I consider how different readings of Black women’s bodies influence how she is represented in public policy discourses. My central purpose is to map cultural and political readings of the Black woman’s body to show how the web of domination, constructed around notions of exoticism and repulsion for example, inform not only our everyday discussions of the “functioning” and “purpose” of black women in society, but also our policy discussions. Using a narrative analysis I ask what is the function of these readings on Black women. My approach utilizes both a sociology of stories approach and a functional approach to determine how particular readings of the Black woman’s body influence policy formation, rendering them simultaneously visible and invisible, and the implications of such readings on the lives of Black women.


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