In the mid-nineteenth-century usa, because it grew to become more and more tricky to differentiate among our bodies understood as black, white, or Indian; able-bodied or disabled; and male or lady, excessive efforts emerged to outline those identities as biologically special and scientifically verifiable in a actually marked physique. Combining literary research, felony historical past, and visible tradition, Ellen Samuels lines the evolution of the “fantasy of identification”—the robust trust that embodied social identities are mounted, verifiable, and visual via smooth technological know-how. From birthmarks and fingerprints to blood quantum and DNA, she examines how this delusion has circulated among cultural representations, legislation, technological know-how, and coverage to develop into probably the most powerfully institutionalized ideologies of recent society.
Yet, as Samuels demonstrates, in each case, the delusion distorts its claimed clinical foundation, substituting subjective language for claimed target truth. From its early emergence in discourses approximately incapacity fakery and fugitive slaves within the 19th century to its most modern manifestation within the query of intercourse trying out on the 2012 Olympic video games, Fantasies of Identification explores the roots of contemporary understandings of physically identity.
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