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Violence the Body and Resistance, Topics in Latina and Latino Social and Political Issues (392-0-2)


Elvia Mendoza
Crowe Hall, Room 1144

Meeting Info

Kresge Centennial Hall 2-425: Tues, Thurs, 2:00PM - 3:20PM

Overview of class

This course centers the body as a site of knowledge to analyze the ways formations of violence are mediated by race, sexuality, and gender. Students will engage with different forms of texts ranging from court trial transcripts to novels to interrogate the sociopolitical practices that inscribe differential meanings onto the body. We will explore what constitutes the body, how it is constructed, experienced, and re/claimed, as we work towards a more expansive understanding of what is violence and what is read as violent. Privileging the black and brown body as an archive and as a site of knowing, we will discuss how the body, through individual and collective struggles, informs acts of resistance.

Class Materials (Required)

Lisa Cacho, Social Death: Racialized Rightlessness and the Criminalization of the Unprotected

Angela Davis, Women, Race, and Class

Class Attributes

Interdisciplinary Distro-rules apply
Social & Behavioral Sciences Distro Area
Ethics & Values Distro Area