The Trans*-Ness of Blackness, the Blackness of Trans*-Ness

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Blackness marks a “break in the passage of syntagmatic movement from one more or less stable property to another, as in the radical disjuncture between ‘African’ and ‘American, ' " says Spillers. Blackness rests in the in-between, and this “between” is also a movement of flight, of escape, of fugitivity from the confines of ontological pinning down. The pinning down requires fixation and definable locations, but as in-between, blackness is that elusive interstitiality. Characterized as a “spooky action, " Moten and Harney enunciate the para-ontological sociality of blackness, and by own extension, trans-ness. They write: what one might call the social life of things is important only insofar as it allows us to imagine that social life is not a relation between things but is, rather, that field of rub and rupture that works, that is the work of, no one, nothing, in its empathic richness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Transgender Studies Reader Remix
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781000606652
ISBN (Print)9781032072722
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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