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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (July 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602583129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602583122
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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



"We are lucky to have rising public intellectual Marcia Dawkins bring critical conversations about the Mixed experience into broader scholarship. Her work confirms that an understanding of the Mixed experience is essential to understanding who we are as Americans."
--Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky



"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

About the Author

Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a professor at USC Annenberg. An award-winning writer and educator, Dawkins writes frequently on race, diversity, media, religion, and politics for several outlets, including The Huffington Post, Truthdig, The Root, and Cultural Weekly

More About the Author

Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles, California. An award-winning writer, speaker, and educator, Dawkins -- known to "tweeps" as @drdawkins09 -- tracks trends in diversity, technology, media, religion, and politics for a variety of high-profile publications.

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.

For booking and contact information for the author please visit www.MarciaDawkins.com.

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Clearly Invisible is the rare kind of book that is as engaging and readable as it is important.
Frank Pryor
In short, this a wonderful examination of a crucial part--racial passing--of our history and currently, the color of our cultural identity.
Peter Albertson
Both students and academics could read this book if they interested in learning more about multicultural studies, and passing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Frank Pryor on August 4, 2012
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Marcia Dawkins has written an astoundingly thoughtful book. Her presentation of the multifaceted phenomenon of passing relies on a close reading of a number of different historical examples to dig deeply into the interrelated questions of race, culture, gender, and other forms of identity. Dr. Dawkins' explores her topic with careful probing, and with expertise gained from her own wide reading (her bibliography and in particular her copious endnotes provide clear evidence thereof). Particularly impressive was the author's examination of the passing of Homer Plessy (of Plessy v. Ferguson) and how it relates to the modern concept of identity theft. Clearly Invisible is the rare kind of book that is as engaging and readable as it is important. I give it my highest possible recommendation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam Leipzig on August 1, 2012
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Clearly Invisible is the kind of book that is so obviously necessary it is shocking no one has written it before. We're luck that Dr. Dawkins has. We are now living in a society where racial and cultural identity are ever-more blurred -- and they are both less important and more important because everything is so polarized.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rushay sherwyn booysen on November 13, 2012
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Marcia Dawkins wrote a very informative book that touches on the global issue of passing.A well researched collection that draws parallels on issues of identity and why people choose to assimilate.This book would be a very good guide for any class that focuses on race and cultural identity.Dr Dawkins brings a fresh perspective on a topic that is mostly left hanging.Clearly invisible is a much needed guide in a world that's become more polarized in this modern day and age.I would advise a copy of this book if you have interest in topics of race,culture and identity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Mathieu on January 14, 2013
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In a marvelously conceived approach, author Marcia Dawkins brings the reader through historical and contemporary examples (including film and literature) of racial and other forms of passing and the motivations behind those involved. From these examples, Professor Dawkins identifies "Passwords" or principles of passing that synthesize her understanding of the disparate examples as well as that of the reader. The result is a masterful pathway through historic and contemporary racial identities that truly adds to our understanding of the future of our rapidly increasing interracial and multicultural world.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah M Woods on March 21, 2014
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This book posed some amazing points that I believe and support about "passing" (something I had never even heard about until this book). The writing style was just a bit to heavy in fancy unnecessary vocabulary that it felt as though it was meant to be targeted to an audience of incredibly high education. As a BA student this was a challenge having to bust out my dictionary every couple of sentences. I became frustrated very quickly. I would think that in certain points and phases of the book there was a real opportunity to make her audience everyone instead of only highly educated persons. I know this may seem as though I was just too dense to read this book, but I am not. I just found it hard to really become involved with the dialogue created between the reader and author due to her writing style. I felt her passion about the subject of passing, however it was diluted in fancy words and dry information. I personally just could not relate to the material personally as a white female never having had to experience racism, but this was great as an eye opener for those who have struggled with racism their entire lives or just in one moment. Although I found it educational and helpful to eradicate some of my my "color blindness", the delivery was not easy to digest. I feel Dawkins is an amazing woman. I hope to be able to give this book another chance once I complete my degree. Thank you Marcia Alesan Dawkins for writing a book in this day and age pointing out that passing is still and issue. This book is recommended to those with a big vocabulary and a desire to see another persons experience within our modern society from a wise passionate female of color.
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