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Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality Paperback – April 1, 2008
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But isn't it useful to be able to sort through information quickly? Isn't that why typecasting evolved to begin with? Certainly, it's important to recognize friend or foe quickly and take action, especially if our senses register "foe." And we are able to recognize foes quickly because their stereotypes have been defined. Thus, we are easily able to avoid getting on the plane with that Middle Eastern group; in fact, perhaps the airline will refuse to allow them to board. What? They're actually US-born citizens? Well, that'll teach them to walk around looking like Muslims, won't it? Oh...they are Muslims? Well, the airline officials were simply responding to the established research that helps them identify terrorists.
"Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality," takes us right to the heart of that research. Typecasting did not evolve as science documented what we know about stereotypes; what we think we know about stereotypes has driven the (so-called) scientific documentation. "Typecasting" leads the reader from curiosity cabinets to physiognomy, on through phrenology (with its skull charts documenting everything from breathing power to parental love) and body typing, which makes it possible to identify criminals, dullards, and perverts at a glance (just think how useful that's going to be at your office!Read more ›
I've had the pleasure to be a student of Stuart Ewen for two semesters. Crafted by the same dedication and passion he brings to the classroom, Typecasting communicates the complexities of dominant social and historical forces that created stereotypes.
As Walter Lippmann, the man who is known for creating the word stereotype, said, "The real environment is altogether too big, too complex..And, although we have to act in that environment, we have to reconstruct it on a simpler model before we can manage it."
As a future media maker, this book helped me understand the benefits AND limitations of the "simpler" model.
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This is a great book to help you understand the early science of race. It also came in great conditionPublished on September 30, 2013 by Benji Kriner
Crisp, well-informed, concise, readable & engaging. The illustrations are intensely interesting & instructive, the design & layout easy on the eye.Published on March 30, 2013 by J. Mandeville
The book was recommended to me by an associate who knows of my intensely frustrating work in getting young people--usually from educated, white, privileged, liberal/progressive... Read morePublished on November 23, 2009 by Wayne A.
Why do we typecast? If you're a thoughtful person, you can probably come up with a reasonable response: Typecasting helps us sort through information quickly. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by Aderyn