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Seeing Race in Modern America

ISBN-10: 146961068X

ISBN-13: 9781469610689

Edition: 2013

Authors: Matthew Pratt Guterl

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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.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/4/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 248
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Matthew Pratt Guterl is Professor of Africana Studies and American Studies at Brown University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Close-Ups the Devil in the Details
Profiles
Silhouettes
Bought and Sold
Group Portraits Looking for Contrast
The Domestic Ensemble
Platoon Harmonics
Multiple Exposures the Evidence of Things Not Easily Seen
Hybridity
Masquerade
Passing
Ambiguity
Coda
Notes
Index