Media, Information and Technoculture 2200F/G Lecture Notes - Frantz Fanon, Mirror Stage, Black Body

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Published on 28 Nov 2011
School
Western University
Department
Media, Information and Technoculture
Course
Media, Information and Technoculture 2200F/G
Professor
MIT 2200 Lecture
November 21, 2011
Race and Representation
*For exam you can bring one page of notes (double-sided, typed or written)
Traditional Views of Race
-Theories of descent
-race/ethnicity are primordial (inherited, natural, essential) elements of identity
rooted in body.
-passed on through blood connections and biology
-immutable and unchanging
-Theories of consent
-race/ethnicity is defined by self ascription and subjective belief
-constituted by shared social, cultural values and experiences
-not a biological attribute
Cornell West -- Natal Alienation
-African American ‘identity’ was born in slavery
-Institutionalized exclusion and cultural degradation
-robbed of cultural traditions, meanings, communal ties
-viewed as commodities
-treated like animals
-African Americans didn’t inherit their race, they’ve been shaped by history which
has constructed their identity
-They were subsequently born into an alienated position
Institutionalized Racism/Racial Project
-Resources are distributed along racial lines
-Cultural meanings and representations are deployed and fixed to support certain
interests (maintain White domination)
-People are born into a systematic structural domination sanctioned by State and ISAs
are rendered invisible and silenced
-They struggle to define themselves
Critical Conceptions of Race
-“Race is a concept which signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by
referring to different types of human bodies” - Michael Omi and Howard Winart
Race Vs. Gender
-Like gender, race attributes social and cultural meanings to different kinds of bodies
-But race, unlike gender, doesn’t refer to biological differences
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*for exam you can bring one page of notes (double-sided, typed or written) Race/ethnicity are primordial (inherited, natural, essential) elements of identity rooted in body. Passed on through blood connections and biology. Race/ethnicity is defined by self ascription and subjective belief. Constituted by shared social, cultural values and experiences. African american identity" was born in slavery. Robbed of cultural traditions, meanings, communal ties. African americans didn"t inherit their race, they"ve been shaped by history which has constructed their identity. They were subsequently born into an alienated position. Cultural meanings and representations are deployed and fixed to support certain interests (maintain white domination) People are born into a systematic structural domination sanctioned by state and isas are rendered invisible and silenced. Race is a concept which signifies and symbolizes social conflicts and interests by referring to different types of human bodies - michael omi and howard winart. Like gender, race attributes social and cultural meanings to different kinds of bodies.

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