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The Phallus, Excess and "Lack" in Police Brutality

Herman, Tricia (2020) The Phallus, Excess and "Lack" in Police Brutality. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Herman, Tricia

Through a post-structural approach that utilizes art as theory, this research attempts to highlight the issue of phallic “lack” with relation to white male policing of Black male bodies. The research is centered around the southern United States with a history of brutal policing practices from the period of enslavement that transcends to the present. With a psychoanalytic, Black Marxist framework, the paper is geared towards a Lacanian analysis of language in transcripts from two videos of police brutality, displaying that police brutality moves beyond the perceived stereotyping of Black males as “violent” and “dangerous,” but rather is steeped in anxieties around castration in the presence of the mythic larger Black male phallus.

Date: 12 May 2020
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 14:53
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 21:15
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3020

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