In light of how some US citizens feel that Critical Race Theory should not be taught in our public schools and in light of the phenomenon of Missing White Women Syndrome and Facebook’s newly intended name change to Meta, I am wondering if these social issues will ever change to, in fact, worsen for us once we take into consideration Pierre Bourdieu’s social capital theory.
I happen to believe that major media and social media play into the phenomenon because of advertiser content. Photos of missing or dead beautiful middle-class white women are more likely to generate sales than photos of underprivileged poor black or native American women. In regard to beauty as social capital theory, which photo do you think would sell more copies of a news article? Gabby Petito or Rita Janelle Papakee?
People with no metadata will most likely be classified as “non-valuable” as far as metadata will be concerned leaving an even larger gap in the disparaging inequality of social difference already prevalent in America. In addition, the phenomenon of targeted electronic physical assaults and psychotronic torture leave individuals beleaguered and usurps social capital away from them prematurely by aging them quickly with persistent pain and suffering.
Sources to consider:
Bourdieu, Pierre. (1991). Language and Symbolic Power. Cambridge. Polity Press.
Walker, Michelle Boulous. (1998). Philosophy and the Maternal Body. New York. Routledge.
Balsam, Rosemary. (2012). Women’s Bodies in Psychoanalysis. East Essex, Canada. Routledge.
Cohn, Carol. Sex and Death in the Relational World of Defense Intellectuals. Signs: Women, Gender, and Theory. Vol. 12, №4. Summer, 1987. pp. 687–718.
Jacobs, Amber. (2007). On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis, and the Law of the Mother. New York. Columbia University Press.