Cartographies of Blood and Violence

  • Cathy Hannabach


This chapter examines the role of blood and maps in constructing US national boundaries and traces the ways land and blood have been mapped in US citizenship law, art, medicine, and social justice activism. Hannabach offers case studies of blood art by Cuban American feminist artist Ana Mendieta; federal blood quantum policy defining African Americans, Native Americans, and native Hawaiians; the 1969 Native American occupation of Alcatraz; and epidemiology maps depicting AIDS and other infectious diseases. Hannabach argues that maps reveal the ways US national identity has been defined and challenged through cartographies of land and blood.


blood quantum Cuba epidemiology feminism maps Native Americans 


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© Cathy Hannabach 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cathy Hannabach
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  1. 1.USA

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