Issues of race, gender, and violence have long been prominent in the public imagination. Discourses of Denial broadens our understanding of violence and explodes common mythologies and definitions. Yasmin Jiwani argues that the symbolic and discursive violence that occurs in the realm of the media and in the daily encounters of racialized girls and young women is intimately linked with violence enacted on institutional levels. Focusing on the dominant media's framing of violent events while including the voices of those who are marginalized, Jiwani exposes how particular definitions of violence advanced by the media serve the status quo and in the process, re-entrench and reproduce racialized and gendered inequalities. More importantly, she reveals how preferred interpretations of an event or an issue privilege one form of violence, such as sexism, thereby diminishing consideration of racism as violence and hindering analysis of their complex convergence.
Yasmin Jiwani is a professor of communication studies at Concordia University.
Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Laying the Terrain 1 Reframing Violence 2 Mapping Race in the Media Part 2: Sensationalized Cases 3 Erasing Race: The Story of Reena Virk 4 Culturalizing Violence and the Vernon "Massacre" Part 3: Voicing the Violence 5 Racialized Girls and Everyday Negotiations 6 Gendered Racism, Sexist Violence, and the Health Care System Part 4: Mediations of Terror 7 Gendering Terror Post-9/11 Conclusion Notes References Index