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Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

We all wear hoods: the Grim Reaper, Red Riding Hood, torturers, executioners and the executed, athletes, laborers, anarchists, rappers, babies in onesies, and anyone who's ever grabbed a hoodie on a chilly day. Alison Kinney's Hood explores the material and symbolic vibrancy of this everyday garment and political semaphore, which often protects the powerful at the expense of the powerless-with deadly results. Kinney considers medieval clerics and the Klan, anti-hoodie campaigns and the Hooded Man of Abu Ghraib, the Inquisition and the murder of Trayvon Martin, uncovering both the hooded perpetrators of violence and the hooded victims in their sights.

Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501307409
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/28/2016
Series: Object Lessons
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Alison Kinney is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is a regular correspondent at The Paris Review Daily, and her writing also appears online at The New Yorker, Harper's, Lapham's Quarterly, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Longreads, Hyperallergic, L.A. Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Inquiry, New Republic, VAN Magazine, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: “That very, very simple thing about the hood”
The Grim Reaper. The executioner and the executed.

Chapter Two: The Struggle Against Terrorism
Two Murals. The Ku Klux Klan. Lynching. The Spanish Inquisition. A Timeline of Hooding. Abu Ghraib.

Chapter Three: Little Red Riding Hoodlum
Our bodies, our hoods. The Seattle WTO protests. Black Blocs and pink blocs.

Chapter Four: “It's What's Under the Hood That Counts”
Everybody's hoods. Anti-hoodie initiatives. Black Lives Matter.

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