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ERIC Number: EJ985173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
"Angie Was Our Sister:" Witnessing the Trans-Formation of Disgust in the Citizenry of Photography
Cram, Emily Dianne
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v98 n4 p411-438 2012
In 2009, Andre Andrade was convicted for the murder of Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old Latina transgender woman living in rural Colorado. This essay traces the way Angie's friends, family, and community countered the assertion of transphobia in the courtroom and larger public discussion by circulating self-portraits of Angie on t-shirts at community vigils. Displaying Angie's portrait not only resists the mobilization of transphobic disgust, but also enacts a way of seeing trans people as citizens within the civil contract of photography. The mourners' resistance enacts a politics of witnessing that contests the bureaucratization of gender and the aesthetic norms of legal culture. These rhetorical performances illustrate the emotional politics of visuality, and how citizenship is a category of of embodied sociality, public emotionality, and performative enactment. (Contains 3 figures and 107 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado