Bodies of color, bodies of sorrow: On resistant sorrow, aesthetic unsettlement, and becoming-with

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This article discusses sorrow in terms of its resistant possibilities. It describes bodies of color as ontological sites of sorrow in the context of racism and xenophobia. This sorrow, however, does not condemn these bodies to hopelessness and erasure. Rather, it may constitute a rupture with a present that fails to acknowledge racist and xenophobic practices. In addition, it connects sorrow to the kind of melancholia that bodies of color experience given their being-in-worlds that consider them unwanted, unworthy, and disposable. By way of photographic analysis, this article also presents the notion of aesthetic unsettlement in order to point to coalitional possibilities across experiences and histories of woundedness, melancholia, and sorrow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-143
Number of pages20
JournalCritical Philosophy of Race
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy

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