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Desiring Whiteness

A Lacanian Analysis of Race

By Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks

Routledge – 2000 – 192 pages

Series: Opening Out: Feminism for Today

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Description

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.

Author Bio

Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks is Assistant Professor of English at Boston College, MA, USA

Related Subjects

  1. Post-Colonial Studies

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Description: By Kalpana Seshadri-Crooks. 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...
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