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Desiring Whiteness : A Lacanian Analysis of Race - Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks

Desiring Whiteness

A Lacanian Analysis of Race

Paperback Published: 25th May 2000
ISBN: 9780415192552
Number Of Pages: 192

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"Desiring Whiteness" provides a compelling new interpretation of how we understand race. Race is often presumed to be a social construction and we continue to deploy race thinking in our everyday life as a way of telling people apart visually. "Desiring Whiteness" explores this visual discrimination by asking questions in specifically psychoanalytic terms: 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, Seshadri-Crooks demonstrates that race is a system of differences organized around a privileged term: Whiteness. Contra "Whiteness Studies," she argues that Whiteness should not be understood as the bodily or material property of a particular group, but as a term that makes the logic of race thinking possible.

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Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Key to Lacan's worksp. x
Introduction: on lookingp. 1
Deciphering Whitenessp. 11
The object of Whitenessp. 57
Whiteness and the elephant jokep. 79
Looking alike: or the ethics of Suturep. 103
What's in a name? Love and knowledge beyond identity in "Recitatif"p. 132
Discolorationsp. 158
Notesp. 161
Bibliographyp. 168
Indexp. 176
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ISBN: 9780415192552
ISBN-10: 0415192552
Series: Opening Out
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 25th May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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