Desiring Whiteness: A Lacanian Analysis of Race

1st Edition

Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks

Routledge
Published May 25, 2000
Reference - 196 Pages
ISBN 9780415192552 - CAT# RU18444
Series: Opening Out: Feminism for Today

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Summary

Desiring Whiteness provides a compelling new interpretation of how we understand race. Race is often seen to be a social construction. Nevertheless, we continue to deploy race thinking in our everyday life as a way of telling people apart visually.
How do subjects become raced? Is it common sense to read bodies as racially marked? Employing Lacan's theories of the subject and sexual difference, Seshadri-Crooks explores how the discourse of race parallels that of sexual difference in making racial identity a fundamental component of our thinking.
Through close readings of literary and film texts, Seshardi-Crooks also investigates whether race is a system of difference equally determined by Whiteness. She argues that it is in relation to Whiteness that systems of racial classification are organized, endowing it with a power to shape human difference.

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