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Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity Hardcover – July 18, 2012
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"A significant step forward in the nascent field of critical mixed race studies. Dawkins' meticulously researched study provides an exciting education in historical and contemporary passing and in other ways in which multiracial individuals have illuminated schisms in American notions of race."―Mary Beltrán, Assistant Professor, Department of Radio-Television-Film and Affiliate Faculty in Women's & Gender Studies and Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
"A lively work that connects the politics of passing with the most pressing contemporary issues of identity."―Michele Elam, author of Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics, and Aesthetics in the New Millennium
"[Dawkins'] practical account of [passing's] effects is explored in this deeply tangled, insightful offering."―Upscale Magazine
"... passing is a kind of power, a challenge to forces of oppression."―Rachel Stone, The Christian Century
"Clearly Invisible is destined to become a classic in the field and is crucial material for all people interested in race, multiracial identity, colorism, and passing. Dawkins' social analysis is astute, and she engages scholarly debates (the meaning of the Plessy decision) and current events (the newest iPad app) with depth and sophistication. After Clearly Invisible, readers will never see passing the same way again."―Margaret Hunter, author of Race, Gender, and the Politics of Skin Tone
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Her expert opinion has been sought out by Google, NPR, WABC-TV Boston, TIME Magazine, HuffPo Live, The Leadership Alliance, The Mayo Clinic, Voice of America, The Nashville Public Library Foundation and The Public Relations Society of America.
Basically, she's a smart, funny, extremely lovely lady... and she's a great speaker.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book looks at our world through the lens of "passing" -- adopting an identity that may not (in fact) be your own. I need to put (in fact) in parentheses because one of the great strengths of Clearly Invisible is the way it dissects and dismembers the construction of racial/cultural identifying "facts."
Dr. Dawkins creates a structure for this study by looking at a series of "passwords," and using them to decode and explain the history, experience and probable future of passing in America. Given that multi-racial people will be the part of our population with the highest growth rate in the next decades, such greater understanding is invaluable.
By the way, this book is an easy and entertaining read. Although it is 275 pages long, the last 100 pages are detailed notes, which themselves are fascinating and give much academic and historical support to Dr. Dawkins' thesis.
Professor Dawkin's examinations of passing provided through examples and outcomes added immeasurably to my perspective on the history of racial thought in America and the world. In my opinion, this history is a fundamental thread of all intellectual history and the notion of "passing" confirms much of this for me. The depth of research in the text will lead additional authors to pursue the concept of passing in the literature of racial thought and provide further clarity. The result of all of this is a foundation on how the interracial majority of the future will identify with portions or all of their identity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity, written by Marcia Alesan Dawkins discusses passing, especially as it relates to multicultural studies. Read morePublished 17 months ago by lovia feliscar
Most of these books are for a church library.. A committee researched any books and decided on these. They were weep received by the congregation. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Judy Specht
Marcia Alesan Dawkins has written a detailed and important look at the phenomenon of racial passing, which is neither new nor limited to our society. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Peter Albertson
As much as I was interested in this topic, I found the book tedious and difficult to finish, but I was determined and I finally did. It is more of a textbook. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Lois B. Hedlund