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Postracial Resistance: Black Women, Media, and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity

Ralina L. Joseph


Postracial Resistance: Black Women and the Uses of Strategic Ambiguity looks at how, in the first Black First Lady era, African American women celebrities, cultural producers, and audiences subversively used the tools of postracial discourse—the media-propagated notion that race and race-based discrimination are over, and that race and racism no longer affect the everyday lives of both Whites and people of color—in order to resist its very tenets. Black women’s resistance to disenfranchisement has a long history in the U.S., including struggles for emancipation, suffrage, and de jure and de fa ... More

Keywords: Black, women, media, race, gender, resistance, celebrity, postrace, audiences, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479862825
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479862825.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralina L. Joseph, author
University of Washington