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BOP Theory Lecture and Q&A with Dr. Barbara Combs

Barbara Combs
MLC 214

Join Dr. Barbara Combs for a discussion on how her Bodies Out of Place (BOP) Theory helps dismantle racism.

Racism is complex. In some ways, it is also contradictory. There are structural and historical components of racialized oppression that remain largely unseen to the eye. This is not because they do not exist, but because the racialized social order is so inextricably woven into the fabric of society that it renders it nearly imperceptible. There is also a felt experience of racism that cannot be seen. Considering these constraints, disentangling how anti-black racism works and exposing continuing racial trauma in society is herculean, but we must try. As Gloria Anzaldua writes, "Necesitamos teorias (We need theories) that will rewrite history using race, class, gender and ethnicity as categories of analysis, theories 
that cross borders, that blur boundaries-new kinds of theories with new theorizing methods ... And we need to find practical application for those theories (Anzaldua, 1990, p. xxv)." I developed Bodies Out of Place (BOP) Theory in response to that call. 

Anzaldua, G. (1990). Hacienda caras, una entrada. In G. Anzaldua (Ed.), Making face, making soul/Hacienda 
caras: Creative and critical perspectives by feminists or color (pp. xv-xxviii). San Francisco, CA: Aunt Lute Books 



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