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Encountering the Face : Unraveling Race

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M’charek, Amade ; Schramm, Katharina:
Encountering the Face : Unraveling Race.
In: American Anthropologist. Vol. 122 (2020) Issue 2 . - pp. 321-326.
ISSN 0002-7294

Abstract in another language

The face is everywhere and nowhere. In everyday life, the face is ubiquitous. Widely spread in our media, it enjoys solid cultural presence. Yet in social theory, the face as an object of critical inquiry is rather absent. While scholarship on the body—for example, in anthropology, science and technology studies (STS), or feminist and postcolonial studies—has taken firm shape, the critical turn to the face has not yet been made. In this special section, we start a theoretical conversation about the face, especially in relation to the current debate on race and science. “Encountering the Face—Unraveling Race” indicates two things. First, in line with feminist analysis of the body, our turn to the face seeks to denaturalize the face as a neutral abstraction and to focus on the relations through which it comes about. This also entails attention to the multiple kinds of work the face does, including the relations it generates. Second, we see the need to empirically engage with the many ways the face appears in scientific and other practices. We observe a “return of the phenotype” that calls for ethnographic attention.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: Published in the special section: Face and Race. Coeditor des Heftes ist Frau Prof. Schramm.
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social and Cultural Anthropology > Chair Social and Cultural Anthropology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Schramm
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social and Cultural Anthropology
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 050 General serials and their indexes
Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 08:20
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2020 08:22