Desiring Whiteness: A Lacanian Analysis of Race

Synopsis

Desiring Whiteness provides a compelling new interpretation of how we understand race. It explores 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, Seshardi-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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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 2000

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