Journal article

“I, Dylann Roof”—White Voice V. the Force of Law

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Publication Details

Author list: Salazar PJ

Publisher: European Institute for Communication and Culture

Publication year: 2020

Journal: Javnost/Public

Journal name: Javnost - The Public

Volume number: 27

Issue number: 4

Start page: 369

End page: 379

Total number of pages: 11

ISSN: 1318-3222

eISSN: 1854-8377



Dylann S. Roof, white supremacist perpetrator of the Charleston massacre (2015) resolved to dismiss his lawyers and to represent himself. In the course of the proceedings he wrote extensively, keeping notes and diaries, and also writing directly to the Court, in addition to engaging in a dialogue with the judge. Using Bourdieu on the concept of “force of law” and Foucault on the concept of order of discourse, this essay proposes that Roof reclaimed his autonomy as a subject by developing a rhetorical strategy of communication, and thus affirmed his own voice within the “game” of judicial exchanges and positions of power. This essay serves also as a building block to understand white nationalist or supremacist discursivity.


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