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EMBODIED BLACK RAGE

  • Hugo Canham (a1)
Abstract

Examining two sets of archived materials that include a corpus of narratives that reflect on the period of apartheid in South Africa and posters used by anti-apartheid activists, the paper teases out the operations of racism and the manifestations of rage on the Black body. Critical discourse analysis and affect as theory and method are applied to trace the work of racism and its affective consequences and resistances. Here affect is deployed to read the terrain of the corporeal and the discursive. Black rage is seen as a response to White supremacy and it has the following outcomes: it can have destructive consequences, can enable psychological release of pent up anger, and can simultaneously be an expression of self-love.

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*Corresponding author: Dr. Hugo M. Canham, Department of Psychology, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Braamfontein, 2050, South Africa. E-mail: hugo.canham@wits.ac.za
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