For people who cleave to chauvinist/xenophobic/white supremacist notions of identity, whiteness is taken literally: an instantly recognisable marker for racial or chromatic aspects of a person’s appearance. Whiteness can also be understood as a biopolitical term, both signifier and signified for a ‘natural’ order of being that privileges people with white skin at the expense of other pigmentations. The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization recognises both these senses of whiteness and locates it as an insidious and fabricated cultural phenomenon. As such, it affects everyone, consciously or otherwise. Whiteness is ideological, a form of subjectivity, and The Image...
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