Focusing on the body as a visual and discursive platform across public space, we study marginalization as a sociocultural practice and hegemonic schema. Whereas mass incarceration and law enforcement readily feature in discussions of institutionalized racism, we differently highlight understudied sites of normalization and exclusion. Our combined effort centers upon physical contexts (skeletons, pageant stages, gentrifying neighborhoods), discursive spaces (medical textbooks, legal battles, dance pedagogy, vampire narratives) and philosophical arenas (morality, genocide, physician-assisted suicide, cryonic preservation, transfeminism) to deconstruct seemingly intrinsic connections between body and behavior, Whiteness and normativity.
The Effect of Urban Renewal on Fragmented Social and Political Engagement in Urban Environments
This article discusses the lingering effect urban renewal in San Francisco has had on communities of color in San Francisco.
Review of The Servant Class City: Urban Revitalization versus the Working Poor in San Diego
Check out my review of Karjanen's book on urban revitalization in San Francisco.
Controlling Images, the Media and Art
In this blog, I discuss how mainstream media views African Americans through one lens—a constrained lens that is shaped by what sells. Glynnis Reed’s work as a visual artist seeks to counter the mainstream stereotypes specifically about black women by using powerful imagery of them to influence the photographs she takes and manipulates. Reed’s work also seeks to highlight aspects in the lives of black women that you don’t see in pop culture. This point reminded me of W.E.B. DuBois’ thoughts in 1926 about the problem facing black artists by saying “we shrink at the portrayal of the truth about ourselves” (DuBois)
The Fallacy of Black on Black Violence
In this blog post, I discuss how focusing on Black intra-racial violence tactically diverts our attention from the fact that, while other intra-racial violence is similar, black communities disproportionately come into contact with the police in ways that could be potentially fatal.According to Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor, black and brown communities are most vulnerable to poverty, putting them at risk to be targeted by the police who are trained to respond to the consequences of poverty and the lack of our welfare system to mitigate it.
Remember the Fillmore: The Lingering History of Urban Renewalin Black San Francisco by Christina Jackson and Nikki Jones
This article was published in Black California Dreamin’: The Crises of California’s African American Communities, uses my dissertation research to illustrate how residents of the Fillmore and Bayview-Hunters Point in San Francisco draw upon shared histories of discrimination and exclusion as they make sense of contemporary battles over urban redevelopment in the city today.
“You Just Don’t Go Down There”: Learning to Avoid the Ghetto in San Francisco by Nikki Jones and Christina Jackson
This article in The Ghetto: Contemporary Global Issues and Controversies, edited by Ray Hutchinson and Bruce Haynes examines how newcomers to the Fillmore use racially encoded language to mark parts of the neighborhood and, in turn, the bodies of poor Black residents, as spaces and objects to be avoided and the consequences of this framing for urban redevelopment.
Art as Propaganda: Bringing Du Bois into the Sociology of Art by Dustin Kidd and Christina Jackson
This article in Sociology Compass pieces together a social theory of art from the work of social theorist and activist W.E.B. Du Bois. His work looks at the political and transformative potential for art. He sought to steer the growing black art community at the time toward issues of racial politics and racial inequalities. Du Bois viewed art as a way of contesting truth and challenging the social order.