Race after the Internet

ISBN-10: 0415802369
ISBN-13: 9780415802369
Edition: 2011
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Description: Digital Race explores racial identity in the digital age. The contributors consider the complex role that the Internet and other digital technologies play in shaping our ideas about race. Some essays consider ways that digital media has made racial  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 10/31/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Digital Race explores racial identity in the digital age. The contributors consider the complex role that the Internet and other digital technologies play in shaping our ideas about race. Some essays consider ways that digital media has made racial identity more complex and fluid, looking, for example, at virtual worlds like Second Life and social networks like Facebook in which people may not share the racial identity of their onscreen selves. Other essays address the digital divide that is still with us, connecting limited access to digital technology to social inequality. A final group of essays enters the brave new world of biotechnology to find ways that biometrics and other new surveillance technologies are creating new forms of racial profiling.The contributors use various methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, in order to investigate how racialization and racism are changing in web 2.0 digital media and information culture. The essays incorporate STS, social scientific, rhetorical, and ethnographic approaches with some carefully selected demographic studies of Internet and technology use. This collection aims to broaden the definition of the 'digital divide' in order to revitalize it to convey a more finely granular understanding of usage, participation, and production of digital media technology in light of racial inequality.

Introduction-Race and Digital Technology: Code, the Color Line, and the Information Society
The History of Race and Information: Code, Policies, Identities
U.S. Operating Systems at Mid-Century: The Intertwining of Race and UNIX
Race and/as Technology, or How to Do Things to Race
From Black Inventors to One Laptop Per Child: Exporting a Racial Politics of Technology
Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers, and the History of Star Wars
Race, Identity, and Digital Sorting
Does the Whatever Speak?
Matrix Multiplication and the Digital Divide
Have We Become Postracial Yet? Race and Media Technology in the Age of President Obama
Connection at Ewiiaapaayp Mountain: Indigenous Internet Infrastructure
Digital Segregations
White Flight in Networked Publics': How Race: and Class Shaped American Teen Engagement with MySpace and Facebook
Open Doors, Closed Spaces? Differentiated Adoption of Social Network Sites by User Background
New Voices on the Net? The Digital Journalism Divide and the Costs of Network Exclusion
Biotechnology and Race as Information
Roots and Revelation: Genetic Ancestry Testing and the YouTube Generation
Genomic Databases and an Emerging Digital Divide in Biotechnology
The Combustible Intersection: Genomics, Forensics, and Race
Contributors
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