Jackson paper on black women’s self-making published in Public Culture

Jenn Jackson"Private Selves as Public Property: Black Women’s Self-Making in the Contemporary Moment," written by Assistant Professor of Political Science Jenn Jackson, was published in Public Culture. Jackson draws on the autobiographical works of Black enslaved, postbellum, queer, and transgender contemporaries to show how Black women have resisted the fungibility of their bodies through processes of self-formation and self-reclamation. Jackson also relies on the theoretical works of critical race, queer, and feminist scholars to frame how that resistance—whether in the form of sexual freedom, reproductive choice, or independence from traditional systems of labor—represents a critical site of possibility for understanding Black women’s social and political life worlds today. 02/03/20