Punishing the Black Body: Marking Social and Racial Structures in Barbados and Jamaica.

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Harris, Dawn P. Punishing the Black Body: Marking Social and Racial Structures in Barbados and Jamaica. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2017, pp. 274, ISBN: 978-0-8203-5172-8.

This volume examines the punitive and disciplinary technologies and ideologies embraced by ruling white elites in nineteenth-century Barbados and Jamaica to look at the meanings inscribed on the raced, gendered, and classed bodies on the receiving end of punishment. Thus, the author uses theories of the body to detail the ways colonial states and their agents appropriated physicality to debase the black body, assert the inviolability of the white body, and demarcate the social boundaries between them. Noting marked demographic and geographic differences between Jamaica and Barbados, as well as any number of...

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