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Legal spectatorship : slavery and the visual culture of domestic violence / Kelli Moore.

Author/creator Moore, Kelli, 1976- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Durham : Duke University Press, 2022.
Descriptionix, 234 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Authenticating domestic violence : image and feeling in abolitionist media -- Battered women in a cybernetic milieu -- Authenticating testimony in the domestic violence courtroom -- Incorporating camp in criminal justice.
Abstract "Legal Spectatorship examines the visual culture surrounding domestic violence, or DV, focusing on the ways that photographs are marshaled as a form of spectacular evidence rooted in slavery and antiblackness. Historically, slaves were not able to testify in person in court although they were often silent witnesses to white domestic conflicts. Today, these histories of racism are embedded into domestic violence prosecution as photographs documenting evidence of DV stand in for women's testimony, and an extensive web of surveillance and administrative tactics criminalize female victims. Kelli Moore reads the legislative, juridical, and media structures that have developed around domestic violence as an extension of the logics of slavery that points to a broader form of US "domestic violence" in the form of slavery and racism. The chapters take up slave witnessing and black subjectivity; the psychological theories that developed around DV in the context of the Civil Rights movement; "artivism" around domestic violence imagery and anti-DV campaigns; and Moore's own ethnographic work in the courtroom observing domestic violence cases"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 211-225) and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Moore, Kelli, 1976- Legal spectatorship. Durham : Duke University Press, 2022 9781478022947
LCCN 2021037516
ISBN9781478015703 (hardcover)
ISBN9781478018346 (paperback)

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