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 practicesto 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: Vivek Bald, Ben Chappell, Beth Coleman, McLean Greaves, 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.
|Publisher:||New York University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
Alondra Nelson is a Ph.D. candidate in the American Studies Program at New York University.
Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. She is the author of The Beautiful Generation; Asian Americans and the Cultural Economy of Fashion (2011) and of the forthcoming Experiments in Skin: Making Race and Beauty Across the Pacific.
Alicia Headlam Hines teaches Literature and Language Arts at the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Hidden Circuits||1|
|1||Beyond Access: Race, Technology, Community||13|
|2||"Their Logic against Them": Contradictions in Sex, Race, and Class in Silicon Valley||34|
|3||Net-Working: The Online Cultural Entrepreneur||64|
|4||Temporary Access: The Indian H-1B worker in the United States||76|
|6||"Take a Little Trip with Me": Lowriding and the Poetics of Scale||100|
|7||Karaoke and the Construction of Identity||121|
|9||Black Secret Technology: Detroit Techno and the Information Age||154|
|10||Tales of an Asiatic Geek Girl: Slant from Paper to Pixels||177|
|11||The Virtual Barrio @ the Other Frontier: (or The Chicano Interneta)||191|
What People are Saying About This
"New York's South Asian cabbies probably had no idea they were straddling the digital divide when they used their own CB channels to organize surprise strikes and demonstrations. But in Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life, the editors bring together a series of essays that broaden the concept far beyond the borders of your average two-part Times series."
-New York Magazine,
"What is revealed? Powerful visions, future-fantasies that as science fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson would argue, "can make the impossible, possible"
-Resource Center for CyberCulture Studies,
"Technicolor is at once heroic and tragic: an anthology that will prompt new conversations."
-C. Richard King ,Washington State University