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Scandalize My NameBlack Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life$
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Terrion L. Williamson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823274727

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823274727.001.0001

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Baby Mama

Baby Mama

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Scandalize My Name

Terrion L. Williamson

Fordham University Press

This chapter uses the ubiquitous “baby mama” to discuss what Lindon Barrett calls “bla(n)ckness”—a concept that radically calls into question traditional discourses by exposing the violence that often sets those discourses into motion and by revealing alternative discourses that resist the dichotomization upon which dominance, and dominate discourses, often rely. It argues that not only have social scientists found the link between poverty and unwed pregnancy that has long structured national debates about single black mothers to have been fatefully misinterpreted, but that young black mothers themselves evince the faulty logic upon which these debates so heavily rely.

Keywords:   bla(n)ckness, capacity/incapacity, capital, teenage pregnancy, unwed parents

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