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Geopower in public spaces of Darwin, Australia: exploring forces that unsettle phenotypical racism

Lobo, Michele 2016, Geopower in public spaces of Darwin, Australia: exploring forces that unsettle phenotypical racism, Ethnic and racial studies, vol. 39, no. 1, Special issue: reconfiguring anti-racism, pp. 68-86, doi: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1096407.

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Title Geopower in public spaces of Darwin, Australia: exploring forces that unsettle phenotypical racism
Author(s) Lobo, MicheleORCID iD for Lobo, Michele orcid.org/0000-0001-7733-666X
Journal name Ethnic and racial studies
Volume number 39
Issue number 1
Season Special issue: reconfiguring anti-racism
Start page 68
End page 86
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0141-9870
1466-4356
Keyword(s) Phenotypical racism
affect
encounter
anti-racism
geopower
public spaces
Social Sciences
Ethnic Studies
Sociology
RACE
Summary This paper reports the results of ethnographic research conducted in Darwin, a north Australian city with a growing population of Aboriginals and migrant newcomers. It is situated within the emerging literature on race, encounter, and affect and explores how events of phenotypical racism unfold in public spaces of the city. The paper argues that negative affects of hurt, anger, and frustration that saturate places through events of coding, labelling, and judging bodies hypervisible through phenotype have the potential to mutate through attention to forces in a more-than-human world. This paper shows that Elizabeth Grosz's concept of ‘geopower’, a non-human form of power that precedes and exceeds human social relations, provides the possibility to reconfigure anti-racist agendas – bodies of colour not only maintain minimum human dignity but affirm life and learn to live ethically with difference.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01419870.2016.1096407
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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