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Accounts of injury as misappropriations of race: towards a critical black politics of vulnerability

Published inCritical horizons, vol. 17, no. 2, p. 240-259
Publication date2016

Across contexts and time, subjects marked by racial difference have expressed public accounts of the multiple injuries of race. From the vantage point of critical race and black theory, this paper sheds light on both the heuristic and critical political values of such accounts. The first part critically reassesses conceptualizations of vulnerability as an ambivalent ontological condition within critical approaches to liberalism. A close reading of Fanon's account of injury in Black Skin, White Masks specifies how race exploits bodily and enunciative vulnerability and materializes subjects into a state of suspension and suspicion. The second part addresses the political promise of accounts of racialized injury. Departing from sceptical readings of “wounded attachment,” critical race and black analyses associate accounts of injury with citational practices that pertain to historically entrenched conventions of resistance to racial and colonial abusive power. Such accounts can be read as misappropriations of race which expand the horizon of the human.

  • Vulnerability
  • Race
  • Injury
  • Critical race theory
  • Black studies
  • Frantz Fanon
  • Y a bon banania
  • Judith Butler
  • Misappropriation
  • Politics of the human
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MICHEL, Noemi Vanessa. Accounts of injury as misappropriations of race: towards a critical black politics of vulnerability. In: Critical horizons, 2016, vol. 17, n° 2, p. 240–259. doi: 10.1080/14409917.2016.1153895
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