Typecasting

Typecasting

On the Arts & Sciences of Human Inequality : A History of Dominant Ideas

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Random House, Inc.
Typecasting chronicles the emergence of the "science of first impression" and reveals how the work of its creators—early social scientists—continues to shape how we see the world and to inform our most fundamental and unconscious judgments of beauty, humanity, and degeneracy. In this groundbreaking exploration of the growth of stereotyping amidst the rise of modern society, authors Ewen & Ewen demonstrate "typecasting" as a persistent cultural practice. Drawing on fields as diverse as history, pop culture, racial science, and film, and including over one hundred images, many published here for the first time, the authors present a vivid portrait of stereotyping as it was forged by colonialism, industrialization, mass media, urban life, and the global economy.

Perseus Publishing
“Typecasting is merely the most lucid and instructive history book to be published in the new millennium. ”
—Kurt Vonnegut, author of A Man Without a Country

“In Typecasting, two ace historians offer a profound and sweeping study of the most everyday, often unconscious, forms of prejudice. [It's] bound to make you think—and think again. ”

- Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Bait and Switch

- Investigating the practice of science in the service of prejudice, Ewen & Ewen bring to life the dark history of the Age of Democracy, where every step toward equality has found a parallel retreat into hierarchical dogma:

  • In 1776, as some American colonials proclaimed that all men are created equal, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, court physician to England’s King George III, subdivided humanity into five unequal categories.
  • Early-twentieth-century socialist and birth control advocate Margaret Sanger saw one of birth control’s potential uses as being a tool for curbing the procreation of "socially degenerate" populations: those "unfit" for democracy.
  • In 2005, Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard University suggested “issues of intrinsic aptitude” were to account for the underrepresentation of women in the sciences and mathematics.

In this monumental work of popular history, Ewen & Ewen vividly expose the pivotal developments that have made stereotypes a persistent, common language. Moving across centuries and continents in thirty eloquent vignettes, their extraordinary journey uncovers the incubation of modern stereotypes in the halls of science and aesthetics and traces their materialization in the popular imagination. Their detective work in museum archives, popular magazines, and film alike, uncovers how stereotype has served as the groundwork of power in the modern world.


In-depth, fascinating, and lavishly illustrated, the definitive history on modern stereotypes from Victorian racial science to pop culture.


Blackwell North Amer
In this work of popular history, Ewen & Ewen expose the pivotal developments that have made stereotypes a persistent, common language. Moving across centuries and continents in thirty eloquent vignettes, their journey uncovers the incubation of modern stereotypes in the halls of science and aesthetics and traces their materialization in the popular imagination. Their detective work in museum archives, popular magazines, and film alike, uncovers how stereotype has served as the groundwork of power in the modern world.

Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781583227350
1583227350
Branch Call Number: 305.8 EWE
Characteristics: xvii, 555 p. :,ill., col. map ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ewen, Stuart

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