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By Darieck Scott

Challenging the belief of empowerment linked to the Black energy move and its political and highbrow legacies within the current, Darieck Scott contends that strength are available not just in martial resistance, yet, unusually, the place the black physique has been inflicted with damage or humiliation.

Theorizing the relation among blackness and abjection by way of foregrounding frequently overlooked depictions of the sexual exploitation and humiliation of guys in works by means of James Weldon Johnson, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, and Samuel R. Delany, Extravagant Abjection asks: If we’re racialized via domination and abjection, what's the political, own, and mental power in racialization-through-abjection? utilizing the determine of male rape as a lens in which to envision this question, Scott argues that blackness relating to abjection endows its inheritors with a sort of counter-intuitive power—indeed, what may be considered a revised suggestion of black strength. This strength is located on the element at which ego, id, physique, race, and kingdom appear to demonstrate themselves as completely penetrated and compromised, with no defensible boundary. but in Extravagant Abjection, “power” assumes an unforeseen and paradoxical form.

In arguing that blackness endows its inheritors with a shocking kind of counter–intuitive power—as a source for the political present—found on the very aspect of violation, Extravagant Abjection enriches our realizing of the development of black male identity.

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