Megan Raschig

Grant Type

Post PhD Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

California State U., Sacramento

Grant number

Gr. 9715

Approve Date

October 5, 2018

Project Title

Raschig, Dr. Megan S., California State U, Sacramento, CA - To aid research on 'Healing After Police Homicides: World-Making, Repair, and Ethnographic Involvement Today'

Preliminary abstract: Indigeneity-oriented ‘spiritual healing’ has emerged as an effective mode of political action among Mexican Americans in Central California. Growing particularly successful in response to a series of police killings of Latino men in 2014 in the city of Salinas, spiritual healing as a political project involves a range of practices, infrastructures, idioms, and relationships that are understood as world-making efforts to repair and remake structures of racialized criminalization. This is a social project of persistence rather than resistance, evidencing the turn to alternative or ‘otherwise’ political action in criminalized, securitized, and terrorized communities of color around the United States. An often-overlooked afterlife of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, spiritual healing is articulated today with the Black Lives Matter movement against racialized police violence, and indicates sites of potential for change in a historical period gripped by despair in the impoverished efficacy of conventional forms of democratic action and activism. This research addresses how healing has happened with regard to one particular city/community platform, ‘Governing for Racial Equity.’ It articulates the political and ethnographic work of world-making. To do so, it centrally poses questions of intentional and explicit ethnographic involvement in such localized world-making projects. It operationalizes this understanding through foregrounding an ethnographic praxis of involvement and collaborative knowledge production, articulating the politics of anthropological reflexivity and complicity in a challenging political era, and aiming to build a reparative imaginary of engagement in alternative political projects more broadly.