This title shows how the five senses shaped southern racial stereotypes.For at least two centuries, argues Mark Smith, white southerners used all of their senses - not just their eyes - to construct racial difference and define race. His provocative analysis, extending from the colonial period to the mid-twentieth century, shows how whites of all classes used the artificial binary of ""black"" and ""white"" to justify slavery and erect the political, legal, and social structure of segregation.Based on painstaking research, ""How Race Is Made"" is a highly original, always frank, and often disturbing book. Sensory racial stereotypes were invented and irrational, but at every turn, Smith shows, these constructions of race, immune to logic, signified difference and perpetuated inequality. In order to come to terms with the South's past and present, Smith says, we must explore the sensory dynamics underpinning the deeply emotional construction of race. ""How Race Is Made"" takes a bold step toward that understanding.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 308 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 13 mm
Edition: New edition
An ambitious and original experiment in the way the senses determined the ideology of race in southern American history over the last two centuries.--Senses & Society