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The Somatechnics of Whiteness and Race


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The Somatechnics of Whiteness and Race

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Elaine Marie Carbonell Laforteza is a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, City Campus, Australia.


'The Somatechnics of Whiteness and Race offers revelatory and invaluable new readings on the complex intersections of race, gender, bodies, language, nation and citizenship. Nuanced, geopolitically situated and theoretically sophisticated, Laforteza's book provides a stunning new framework with which to address urgent and enduring questions about power, race, colonialism and imperialism.' Joseph Pugliese, Macquarie University, Australia 'Elaine Laforteza has written an original, eloquent and passionate account of the multiple routes of mestiza whiteness that have constructed Filipinos abroad and at home. For the first time, this book introduces racialised somatechnics as a new framework to understand the intersections of diaspora, race, gender and sexuality in Australia. Anyone with an interest in how migrant identities are governed and shaped will be impressed with its interdisciplinary case studies from media, popular culture, religion, history, international relations and education, and Laforteza's command of contemporary race relations.' Audrey Yue, University of Melbourne, Australia 'In this important contribution to the burgeoning literature on somatechnics-an interdisciplinary approach to such 'technologies of the body' as race and gender as well as biomedical interventions-Elaine Laforteza's concept of 'mestizo/a whiteness' cuts usefully against the grain of much work in critical race and ethnic studies to interrogate what whiteness, as well as color, brings to hybrid identities in the Filipino/a diaspora. Rather than leaving whiteness an untheorized default category, one whose processes of racialization are rendered invisible, Laforteza shows how vital it is, for all who seek to dismantle the racialized hierarchies that maldistribute the chances of life, to understand the ways in which whiteness contributes to mestizo/a social mobilities.' Susan Stryker, University of Arizona, USA, and Associate Editor of Somatechnics journal

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