The Cultural Production of Mumia Abu-Jamal
The recordings, writings, and public figure of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Pennsylvania death row prisoner since 1982, represent synecdochic manifestations of his body in space, his oeuvre in time, and his figure in code. This thesis traces both the cultural artifacts that he produces, and how he and Daniel Faulkner, whom he is convicted of killing, have been discursively produced as cultural figures. It suggests that Abu-Jamal represents more than a polarizing history, instead complicating the interconnectedness of audio, textual, and digital media. The thesis uses interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological interventions to examine media, prisons, and profanity in culture.
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