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A Phenomenology of Racialized Lateness ALIA AL-SAJI 1. INTRODUCTION: RACISM, COLONIALISM, AND PSYCHIATRY1 If racism is reflected not only in economic, social, and political conditions, but also structures lived experience itself, then anomalies and breakdowns in expe- rience cannot be studied as purely individual afflictions in racial societies. The study of the ways in which racism is lived – of “aberrations of affect” 2, embo- diment, agency, and I would add temporality – raises the question of how psy- chopathology may crystallize social

entnaturalisiert und entabsolutiert diesen Ausgangspunkt, indem 19 Ahmed, Sara: On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, Durham, NC 2012, S. 174. 20 Husserl, Edmund: Ideen zu einer reinen Phänomenologie und phänomenologischen Philosophie. Zweites Buch: Phänomenologische Untersuchungen zur Konstitution, Husserliana, Band IV, hrsg. v. Marly Biemel, Den Haag 1952, S. 158. 288 | SLABY sie deutlich macht, dass die leibliche Orientierung immer schon überschrieben und spezifisch formiert ist

of a “political universe or order” that denoted a “plurality of system or practices.”16 The war in Vietnam, racism and resistance to desegregation in the South, urban crime, and capitalism, with its endemic problems of unemployment and poverty were all understood as systems of vi- olence. The insight that violence is part of the social order with a multitude of manifestations remained important for the emergence of feminism. It was not so much a question of whether violence would occur, but how it would occur and impact the body or subjectivity.17 Radical

, and women as vain and superficial for being affected by them. In some sense, this has an appealing logic, as beauty pressures are in many ways not politically comparable to the oppressive discrim- ination and social injustices arising from racism or homophobia, for instance. However, this trivialization is precisely why the control of women’s bodies through body norms is so pernicious and complete. Because concerns about ap- pearance are seen as marginal to one’s social and political identity, tackled recr- eationally in one’s private sphere, women are isolated