Power Relations in Black Lives

Reading African American Literature and Culture with Bourdieu and Elias

Edited by Christa Buschendorf

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Power Relations in Black Lives

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Pub Date: January 2018

ISBN: 9783837636604

180 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Power Relations in Black Lives

Reading African American Literature and Culture with Bourdieu and Elias

Edited by Christa Buschendorf

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According to relational sociology, power imbalances are at the core of human conflicts. They shape subsequent physical and symbolic struggles between interdependent groups or individuals. The contributions to this volume highlight the role of power relations in the black experience. By applying key concepts of Pierre Bourdieu and Norbert Elias—habitus, field, capital, symbolic violence, established-outsider relationships—to African American literature and culture, the authors offer new readings of power asymmetries as they are represented in the works of canonical and contemporary black writers, rap music, and figurations of political activism.

About the Author

Christa Buschendorf is professor emeritus of American studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.