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Eduard Fabregat and Timothy J. Beck publish a paper in the journal Social Identities

Eduard Fabregat and Timothy J. Beck publish a paper in the journal Social Identities

09.02.2019

 

CritiCC's research collaborator Eduard Fabregat has recently published a paper in the journal Social Identities with Timothy J. Beck. The paper is titled “On the Erasure of race in control culture discourse: a case study of Trayvon Martin’s role in the Black Lives Matter movement”.

Abstract

In this paper, we analyze an emergent cultural clash between: (a) how media outlets and other control culture institutions have portrayed events related to Black Lives Matter, and (b) the complex reality of Black Lives Matter movements as they have developed through embodied, intersectional, and always socially situated forms of direct collective action. In focusing specifically on American mainstream media coverage of the killing of Trayvon Martin, we argue that, given the history of white supremacy in America, such journalistic accounts generally fail to provide an adequate socio-historical context for emergent social movements in the vein of Black Lives Matter. In framing such movements, at worst, as anti-American terrorist organizations, though more regularly as social constellations of misplaced anger, American control culture institutions have consistently reinforced a certain set of logical contradictions found across broader discussions about race throughout the history of America. Finally, drawing on the theory of play proposed by Gregory Bateson, we outline how a form of subverting mainstream journalistic framing techniques is enacted and embodied creativity through the communally oriented tactics successfully deployed by social movements like Black Lives Matter.

 

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