By Ashon T. Crawley
During this profoundly leading edge e-book, Ashon T. Crawley engages a variety of serious paradigms from black experiences, queer conception, and sound stories to theology, continental philosophy, and function stories to theorize the ways that substitute or "otherwise" modes of lifestyles can function disruptions opposed to the marginalization of and violence opposed to minoritarian lifeworlds and probabilities for flourishing.
Examining the whooping, shouting, noise-making, and conversing in tongues of Black Pentecostalism--a multi-racial, multi-class, multi-national Christian sect with one strand of its sleek genesis in 1906 Los Angeles--Blackpentecostal Breath finds how those aesthetic practices enable for the emergence of different modes of social association. As Crawley deftly finds, those choreographic, sonic, and visible practices and the sensual reviews they convey aren't merely very important for imagining what Crawley identifies as "otherwise worlds of possibility," in addition they yield a normal hermeneutics, a technique for interpreting tradition in an period whilst such expressions are more and more less than siege.
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3 This criminality did not create the social form but attempted to control and repress it, to harness and exploit this already existing social form for use in new modalities of juridical repression and control. ”5 But what this demand is grounded in a presumption of linear time, of western time, Breath as the movement from past, to present, to future in a smooth transition and progression. 6 But Blackpentecostal aesthetics resist the conceptualization of the purely new, of western time’s forward propulsion.
There are Breath certainly other instances, other stagings, other spaces and “texts” from which emerge the possibility for such analysis. Breathing, I mean to say, was integral though not generally the matter, the materiality, of narrative performance. Yet it is there, was there, in all its enunciative force. And enunciation is the precise word for what I attempt to consider in this chapter. From the Latin ex-meaning out and nuntius meaning messenger, enunciation at base is about an irreducible showing forth and making apparent of one that would perform, act, in the world.
The appendages to words are extensional, outward leaning, open. Or, simply, fleshly. Whooping aestheticizes breath, which is also and likewise to assert that whooping makes vividly apparent the fullness and plentitude of life, even when such life the project of white supremacist antiblack violence seeks to destroy through the surround of totalizing force. Such life, such breathed critique, speaks back and against this totality, makes evident the incompleteness, the incompletion, of the project of white supremacy.