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Affirmative Assertions of Black Life

Title: Affirmative Assertions of Black Life: Making Places of Respite in Florida A&M University's Marching 100.
Name(s): Allen, Douglas L. (Douglas Loyd), author
Lawhon, Mary, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation
McCreary, Tyler, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation
Nair-Collins, Michael, University Representative
Bledsoe, Adam, Committee Member
Doel, Ronald Edmund, Committee Member
Pierce, Joseph, Committee Member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, degree granting college
Department of Geography, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (124 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In this dissertation, I study black geographic visions, experiences, and practices of the Marching 100 (M100) band at Florida A&M University (FAMU) and show how the black place-making practices of the Marching 100 (re)produces the black geographies of FAMU, Tallahassee, and M100 rehearsal spaces. This dissertation both draws from and makes conceptual and empirical contributions to the sub-discipline of black geographies. I show throughout this dissertation the usefulness of taking a place-making approach in studying black geographies and focus on how black place-making can be deployed as part of an affirmative celebration of black life. Conceptually, I draw on black feminist scholars to offer scholars interested in affirmative black geographies places of respite as an analytic and ontological object that is produced by (and productive of) visions and practices of black life. These places, I argue, provide relief from the burdens of oppressive articulations of society and space, and their existence amounts to a critique of these oppressive articulations. These places also offer opportunities to resist and heal harms of oppression. I also analyze the use of celebration as an affirmative, transgressive claiming of place within the city. Such celebrations, I argue, are transgressive place-making practices that can transform places and extend, temporarily, the sense of belonging places of respite provide. I also show, however, the precarity of black place-making claims. Together these chapters show the socio-spatial power of black joy/celebration and highlight the importance of black life in the production of black geographies.
Identifier: 2019_Spring_Allen_fsu_0071E_15108 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Geography in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2019.
Date of Defense: March 29, 2019.
Keywords: Black Geographies, HBCU, Place-making, Places of Respite
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Mary Lawhon, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Tyler McCreary, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Michael Nair-Collins, University Representative; Adam Bledsoe, Committee Member; Ronald Doel, Committee Member; Joseph Pierce, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Geography
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Host Institution: FSU

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Allen, D. L. (D. L. ). (2019). Affirmative Assertions of Black Life: Making Places of Respite in Florida A&M University's Marching 100. Retrieved from