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Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life Alondra Nelson

Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life

Alondra Nelson

Published March 1st 2001
ISBN : 9780814736036
Hardcover
272 pages
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The cultural impact of new information and communication technologies has been a constant topic of debate, but questions of race and ethnicity remain a critical absence. TechniColor fills this gap by exploring the relationship between race andMoreThe cultural impact of new information and communication technologies has been a constant topic of debate, but questions of race and ethnicity remain a critical absence. TechniColor fills this gap by exploring the relationship between race and technology.From Indian H-1B Workers and Detroit techno music to karaoke and the Chicano interneta, TechniColors specific case studies document the ways in which people of color actually use technology. The results rupture such racial stereotypes as Asian whiz-kids and Black and Latino techno-phobes, while fundamentally challenging many widely-held theoretical and political assumptions.Incorporating a broader definition of technology and technological practices--to include not only those technologies thought to create revolutions (computer hardware and software) but also cars, cellular phones, and other everyday technologies--TechniColor reflects the larger history of technology use by people of color.Contributors: Vivek Bald, Ben Chappell, Beth Coleman, McLean Greaves, Logan Hill, Alicia Headlam Hines, Karen Hossfeld, Amitava Kumar, Casey Man Kong Lum, Alondra Nelson, Mimi Nguyen, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Tricia Rose, Andrew Ross, Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu, and Ben Williams.