TechniColor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life

TechniColor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life

by Alondra Nelson, Thuy Linh N. Tu, Alicia Headlam Hines
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814736033

ISBN-13: 9780814736036

Pub. Date: 03/01/2001

Publisher: New York University Press

The cultural impact of new information and communication technologies has been a constant topic of debate, but questions of race and ethnicity remain a critical absence. TechniColor fills this gap by exploring the relationship between race and technology.

From Indian H-1B Workers and Detroit techno music to karaoke and the Chicano interneta, TechniColor<

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Overview

The cultural impact of new information and communication technologies has been a constant topic of debate, but questions of race and ethnicity remain a critical absence. TechniColor fills this gap by exploring the relationship between race and technology.

From Indian H-1B Workers and Detroit techno music to karaoke and the Chicano interneta, TechniColor's specific case studies document the ways in which people of color actually use technology. The results rupture such racial stereotypes as Asian whiz-kids and Black and Latino techno-phobes, while fundamentally challenging many widely-held theoretical and political assumptions.

Incorporating a broader definition of technology and technological practices—to include not only those technologies thought to create "revolutions" (computer hardware and software) but also cars, cellular phones, and other everyday technologies—TechniColor reflects the larger history of technology use by people of color.

Contributors: Ben Chappell, Beth Coleman, Logan Hill, Alicia Headlam Hines, Karen Hossfeld, Amitava Kumar, Casey Man Kong Lum, Alondra Nelson, Mimi Nguyen, Guillermo Goméz-Peña, Tricia Rose, Andrew Ross, Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, and Ben Williams.

Author Biography: Alondra Nelson and Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu are Ph.D. candidates in the American Studies Program at New York University. Alicia Headlam Hines teaches Literature and Language Arts at the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814736036
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction: Hidden Circuits1
1Beyond Access: Race, Technology, Community13
2"Their Logic against Them": Contradictions in Sex, Race, and Class in Silicon Valley34
3Net-Working: The Online Cultural Entrepreneur64
4Temporary Access: The Indian H-1B worker in the United States76
5Appropriating Technology88
6"Take a Little Trip with Me": Lowriding and the Poetics of Scale100
7Karaoke and the Construction of Identity121
8Sound Effects142
9Black Secret Technology: Detroit Techno and the Information Age154
10Tales of an Asiatic Geek Girl: Slant from Paper to Pixels177
11The Virtual Barrio @ the Other Frontier: (or The Chicano Interneta)191
Contributors199
Index203

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