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The Social Construction of Race

“Not all experience is social but the consciousness of it is framed in social experience. The starting point, therefore, is the collective inheritance, differentiated by class or social group background – the received wisdom each individual copes with, repetitively for the most part, sometimes innovatively. What results is an ongoing ‘social construction of reality’.” (Saxton,…

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culture remix

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about whether it’s possible (or how it is possible) to intervene in culture in ways that make space for other ways of being/doing. Some say that culture jamming isn’t possible because it just ends up reproducing everything that is being opposed, but tactical media practioners and theorists say and…

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Natural attraction

An article about the aesthetic appeal of mixed-race faces was just listed on today’s links by racialicious. It definitely challenges the claims that are made about how it is ‘natural’ for people to find others of their own race more attractive (this claim is usually used to justify why most people choose partners who have…

The web as democracy?

Increasingly, the web is an important locus of knowledge for Canadian and US culture. This is especially true for younger and white demographics who have the resources to be plugged in. However a “digital divide” remains, with “varying access to certain media, particularly computers and allied technologies, related to differences in socioeconomic status, race and…