#BlackLivesMatter PGI Syllabus

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#BlackLivesMatter PGI Micro-Syllabus

Presented by Politics, Groups, and Identities

This micro-syllabus brings together a broad collection of readings about the Black Lives Matter Movement, police violence, and subsequent Black political responses. The syllabus includes discussions about the origins of Black Lives Matter and how this movement fits in the story of American Political Development. It also covers how the media and elected officials respond to protests around police violence. Additionally, this collection provides insight into how the public has responded to the shootings of unarmed African Americans and Black Lives Matter protests. Moving beyond a focus on the U.S. or the centering on the mind's eye prototypical victim of state-sponsored violence, this collection advances an intersectional analysis of socio-political responses to Black Lives Matter incidents in a broader context. This comprehensive set of essays on political activism, electoral representation, theory, social movements, and media studies offers readers a complex set of ways to understand today's socio-political happenings. The authors of these essays move beyond simplistic constructions of anti-Blackness or racism alone to provide compelling critiques of social and political inequalities that will continue to necessitate Black Lives Matters protests.

The public outcry following the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Sean Reed in Indiana has given the Black Lives Matter Movement renewed attention. As a nation in mourning and in rage, many Americans are searching for ways to get legislators to enact policies preventing needless tragedies from occurring in the future. Indeed, these essays push us to take seriously the systemic inequalities and structural impediments to enable state-sponsored violence against Black bodies with little impunity or government accountability.  This syllabus provides a primer on cutting edge research conducted on Black Lives Matter for those interested in the development of the movement, reactions to Black Lives Matter, and its broader impact on society. Through building knowledge about Black Lives Matter, we hope to help activists, scholars, and politicians who want to assist in advancing the goals of the movement.

The below articles are free to access until August 31, 2021.

Article Title Author(s) Volume (Issue) Year
The public's dilemma: race and political evaluations of police killings Ethan V. Porter, Thomas Wood & Cathy Cohen 2020
Racialized differences in perceptions of and emotional responses to police killings of unarmed African Americans Ernest B. McGowen & Kristin N. Wylie 8 (2) 2020
Intersectionality at the grassroots Michael T. Heaney 2020
Emotions and racial differences, moving forward Bethany L. Alberston 8 (2) 2020
Intersectional stereotyping in policing: an analysis of traffic stop outcomes Leah Christiani 2020
Racial gaslighting Angelique M. Davis & Rose Ernst 7 (4) 2019
Why participate? An intersectional analysis of LGBTQ people of color activism in Canada Alexie Labelle 2019
Media coverage and its impact on the politics of groups and identities Dwaine Jengelley & Rosalee A. Clawson 7 (1) 2019
Harbingers of unrest in Baltimore: racial and spatial cleavages in satisfaction with quality of life before the 2015 Uprising Tyson D. King-Meadows 2019
Framing police and protesters: assessing volume and framing of news coverage post-Ferguson, and corresponding impacts on legislative activity Maneesh Arora, Davin L. Phoenix & Archie Delshad 7 (1) 2019
Black Americans and the “crime narrative”: comments on the use of news frames and their impacts on public opinion formation Jenn M. Jackson 7 (1) 2019
Tweeting racial representation: how the congressional Black Caucus used Twitter in the 113th congress Alvin B. Tillery 2019
American Political Development in the Era of Black Lives Matter Debra Thompson & Chloe Thurston 6 (1) 2018
Race-ing solidarity: Asian Americans and support for Black Lives Matter Julie Lee Merseth 6 (3) 2018
Black Lives Matter, American political development, and the politics of visibility Chloe N. Thurston 6 (1) 2018
American political development and black lives matter in the age of incarceration Kirstine Taylor 6 (1) 2018
(Re)Defining the black body in the era of Black Lives Matter: the politics of blackness, old and new Shayla C. Nunnally 6 (1) 2018
Reframing racism: political cartoons in the era of Black Lives Matter Anish Vanaik, Dwaine Jengelley & Rolfe Peterson 6 (4) 2018
The neo-Redemption Era? APD in the age of #Black lives matter Kimberley S. Johnson 6 (1) 2018
The Strange Fruit of American Political Development Megan Ming Francis 6 (1) 2018
The public's dilemma: race and political evaluations of police killings Ethan V. Porter, Thomas Wood & Cathy Cohen 2018
Media and the politics of groups and identities in tumultuous times Rosalee A. Clawson & Dwaine H.A. Jengelley 6 (4) 2018
Targeting young men of color for search and arrest during traffic stops: evidence from North Carolina, 2002–2013 Frank R. Baumgartner, Derek A. Epp, Kelsey Shoub & Bayard Love 5 (1) 2017
Intersectional solidarity F. Tormos 5 (4) 2017
Scholarship on #BlackLivesMatter and its implications on local electoral politics Jamil S. Scott & Nadia E. Brown 4 (4) 2016
#BlackLivesDon'tMatter: race-of-victim effects in US executions, 1976–2013 Frank R. Baumgartner, Amanda J. Grigg & Alisa Mastro 3 (2) 2015
Solidarities Black: Richard Iton's blues archive Barnor Hesse 1 (4) 2013

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Politics, Groups, and Identities is an official journal of the Western Political Science Association. It presents the best scholarship on social groups, exploring the politics of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class and other dimensions of identity and structural disadvantage. The journal publishes work across all subfields of political science, as well as the social sciences and humanities more generally. The journal publishes research on any country or region of the world, including work that is global or international in scope as well as work that is national or local, or examines connections between these levels.
Politics, Groups, and Identities is interdisciplinary in focus. The editors are open to a wide range of analytic approaches, including interpretive, ethnographic, historical, statistical, and multi-method analyses. In addition to publishing original research articles, the editors also seek proposals for integrative review essays as well as symposia on specific topics or dimensions of the politics of social groups. The editors are especially interested in proposals that would promote discussion among scholars on innovative topics or projects. These discussions might take several forms, including but not limited to (1) a set of pieces tackling a common question or debate, (2) a research article with several responses and a rejoinder, (3) “thought” pieces with responses from a variety of perspectives, and (4) research workshops in which novel methodologies or analytical approaches are presented and critiqued.
Politics, Groups, and Identities is a peer-reviewed (double-blind) journal. Learn more about submission.

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