Black Lives Matter and Catholic Whiteness: A Tale of Two Performances

The Black Lives Matter movement has received little scholarly attention from Catholic theologians and ethicists, despite the fact that it is the most conspicuous and publicly influential racial justice movement to be found in the US context in decades. The author argues on the basis of recent field...

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Published in:Horizons
Main Author: Jaycox, Michael P.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Univ. Press [2017]
In:Horizons
Year: 2017, Volume: 44, Issue: 2, Pages: 306-341
Further subjects:B Black Lives Matter
B Narrative
B Natural law
B Performativity
B racial justice
B Virtue
B Racism
B white supremacy
B ethnography
B Whiteness
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Summary:The Black Lives Matter movement has received little scholarly attention from Catholic theologians and ethicists, despite the fact that it is the most conspicuous and publicly influential racial justice movement to be found in the US context in decades. The author argues on the basis of recent field research that this movement is most adequately understood from a theological ethics standpoint through a performativity lens, as a form of quasi-liturgical participation that constructs collective identity and sustains collective agency. The author draws upon ethnographic methods in order to demonstrate that the public moral critique of the movement is embedded in four interlocking narratives, and to interrogate the Catholic theological discipline itself as an object of this moral critique in light of its own performative habituation to whiteness.
ISSN:2050-8557
Contains:Enthalten in: Horizons
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/hor.2017.121