Downed By Friendly FireBlack Girls, White Girls, and Suburban Schooling

Downed By Friendly FireBlack Girls, White Girls, and Suburban Schooling

Signithia Fordham

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780816689668

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Abstract

Downed by Friendly Fire examines the ubiquity of violence and the need to rehabilitate its prevailing physical classification, especially as it relates to gender. The book seeks to change the meaning of violence by redefining it to include intended, nonphysical harm cloaked in the presumed banality of normality. Specifically, it looks at the social practices that dehumanize or are exploitative—either emotionally or physically—, which compels individuals to endure shame, humiliation, starvation, exclusion, marginalization, health disparities poverty, etc. This is done through the framework of the unmasking of female aggression, bullying, and competition that are evoked by the structural violence embedded in the racialized and gendered social order.