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Body and SoulThe Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination$
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Alondra Nelson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676484

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676484.001.0001

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As American As Cherry Pie

As American As Cherry Pie

Contesting the Biologization of Violence

(p.153) 5. As American As Cherry Pie
Body and Soul

Alondra Nelson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter talks about Black Panther Party’s initiative against the proposed Center for the Study and Reduction of Violence at the University of California in Los Angeles, a facility that conducts research programs that investigate the origins of violent behavior. It describes the Black Panther’s arguments against the research center and focuses on the organization’s opposition to the biologization of violence that would unavoidably result from research linking behavior with race and disease. Being consistent with its social health perspective, the Black Panther articulated an alternative etiology of violence that privileged social causation and defined violence as a social phenomenon rather than a biomedical one.

Keywords:   Black Panther Party, Center for the Study and Reduction of Violence, violent behavior, biologization, social health perspective, violence, social phenomenon

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