Constructing the Break

  • James W. Perkinson
Part of the Black Religion / Womanist Thought / Social Justice book series (BRWT)


In modern European discourses of the humanities and social sciences, ocular understandings of knowledge have dominated perception in ways that ramify the parsing and policing of social space by means of the categories of race. In response, oppressed African diaspora communities have repeatedly mobilized an alternative episteme of the ear to carve out hidden life-worlds inside of Western hegemonic formations (Berendt, 21–23; Esteva and Prakash, 75–76; Gilroy, 1993, 73, 198–202). Time (!) and again, Afro-diasporic political and cultural resistance has exploited time and timing as a modality of innovation “inside” the modern capitalist project of rationalizing labor and routinizing the body through the envisionments of race (Gilroy, 1987, 197–209). The result has been trickster-like alterations of a construct so thoroughly subjected to the regime of production as to be almost unthinkably unalterable (Gilroy, 1993, 37; Hopkins, 100–106; Willis, 37).


Performance Rule Indigenous Culture Black Church African Culture White Supremacy 
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