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Author Guterl, Matthew Pratt, 1970-

Title Seeing race in modern America / Matthew Pratt Guterl.

Publication Info. Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    305.8 GUT    Available
Description xii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-220) and index.
Contents pt. 1. Close-ups: the devil in the details : Profiles ; Silhouettes ; Bought and sold -- pt. 2. Group portraits : Looking for contrast ; The domestic ensemble ; Platoon harmonics -- pt. 3. Multiple exposures: the evidence of things not easily seen : Hybridity ; Masquerade ; Passing ; Ambiguity.
Summary "In this fiercely urgent book, Matthew Pratt Guterl focuses on how and why we come to see race in very particular ways. What does it mean to see someone as a color? As racially mixed or ethnically ambiguous? What history makes such things possible? Drawing creatively from advertisements, YouTube videos, and everything in between, Guterl redirects our understanding of racial sight away from the dominant categories of color--away from brown and yellow and black and white--and instead insists that we confront the visual practices that make those same categories seem so irrefutably important. Zooming out for the bigger picture, Guterl illuminates the long history of the practice of seeing--and believing in--race, and reveals that our troublesome faith in the details discerned by the discriminating glance is widespread and very popular. In so doing, he upends the possibility of a postracial society by revealing how deeply race is embedded in our culture, with implications that are often matters of life and death"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Race discrimination -- United States.
Race discrimination -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
Race awareness -- United States.
Ethnicity -- United States -- Public opinion.
ISBN 9781469626512

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