Typecasting: On the Arts & Sciences of Human Inequality

Typecasting: On the Arts & Sciences of Human Inequality

by Elizabeth Ewen
     
 

In-depth, fascinating, and lavishly illustrated, the definitive history on modern stereotypes from Victorian racial science to pop culture.

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In-depth, fascinating, and lavishly illustrated, the definitive history on modern stereotypes from Victorian racial science to pop culture.

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Publishers Weekly
This fascinating if overly ambitious study examines the rise of stereotyping in modern society and how the mainstream stereotypes the "other" whether black, Jewish, gay, disabled, etc. to maintain social order. Ewen & Ewen the pseudonym of Elizabeth and Stuart Ewen, professors, respectively, of American studies and film and media studies have amassed a huge amount of material across a broad spectrum of disciplines, all providing concrete examples of how Western culture, beginning in the mid-18th century with the study of physiognomy (the evaluation of character based on facial features), has consciously created visual, verbal, scientific and artistic cues to identify those outside of the dominant culture. The Ewens' research is prodigious and their examples eclectic silent star Mary Pickford's film persona and notions of femininity, the social philosophy behind Roget's Thesaurus, blackface and minstrel shows, and George W. Bush's rhetoric on Iraq and this mass of information is extremely well organized thematically. While the Ewens' writing is clear and compelling, the overall effect can be overwhelming, and often the nuances get lost. Still, this is a terrific volume that will be eye-opening to academics and general readers alike. B&w illus. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781583227350
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
7.08(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.79(d)

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