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Aligned with the Dead: Representations of Victimhood and the Dead in Anti-Police Violence Activism Online
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Cultural Matters)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Cultural Matters)
2019 (English)In: Death Matters: Cultural Sociology of Mortal Life / [ed] Holmberg, Tora; Jonsson, Annika; Palm, Fredrik, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, p. 199-220Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, we analyze the way Black Lives Matter activists represent the victims of police killings in online media, in a context where African Americans are criminalized both in life and after death. Departing from Peirce’s semiotic theory, we find that activists reconstruct the deceased’s personhood by identifying them with a larger victimized collective and with the protestors themselves as potential victims of racialized police violence. We also find that activists frame their claims visually, utilizing different modes of representation in different contexts. In doing so, the dead not only become full persons again, but also postmortem actors. The dead join the fight against police killings of African Americans.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 199-220
Keywords [en]
digital activism, semiotics, personhood, memorialization, Black Lives Matter, social movements
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-401712DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11485-5_10ISBN: 978-3-030-11484-8 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-11485-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-401712DiVA, id: diva2:1383755
Available from: 2020-01-08 Created: 2020-01-08 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved

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