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Author Moore, Kelli, 1976- author.

Title Legal spectatorship : slavery and the visual culture of domestic violence / Kelli Moore
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource (ix, 234 pages) : illustrations (some color)
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
Summary "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 Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 01, 2022)
Subject Family violence -- Law and legislation -- United States
Victims of family violence -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
Slavery -- Social aspects -- United States
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Discrimination in justice administration -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Photography -- Social aspects -- United States
Legal photography -- United States
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / African American & Black Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
African Americans -- Social conditions
Discrimination in justice administration
Family violence -- Law and legislation
Legal photography
Photography -- Social aspects
Slavery -- Social aspects
Victims of family violence -- Legal status, laws, etc.
United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021037517
ISBN 1478022949