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The Moment of Racial Sight: A History

Irene Tucker


This book overturns the most familiar form of racial analysis in contemporary culture: the idea that race is constructed, that it operates by attaching visible marks of difference to arbitrary meanings and associations. Searching for the history of the constructed racial sign, this book argues that if people instantly perceive racial differences despite knowing better, then the underlying function of race is to produce this immediate knowledge. Racial perception, then, is not just a mark of acculturation, but a part of how people know one another. The book begins the investigation in the Enlig ... More

Keywords: racial analysis, marks of difference, arbitrary meanings, constructed racial sign, racial difference, function of race, racial perception, Enlightenment, racialized skin, Kant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226922935
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226922959.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irene Tucker, author