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Brown ThreatIdentification in the Security State$
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Kumarini Silva

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781517900021

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517900021.001.0001

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America’s Move from Identity to Identification

America’s Move from Identity to Identification

(p.1) Introduction America’s Move from Identity to Identification
Brown Threat

Kumarini Silva

University of Minnesota Press

The introduction acts as a theoretical and methodological introduction. It maps how this study came to be, the theoretical underpinnings of the argument of brown that are made throughout the book, and the methodological thrust of the proceeding chapters. As the United States struggles with the upkeep of multiple military and political engagements in the Middle East; economic dependencies on the Far East; and immigration, health care, and other political struggles within the country, race becomes both increasingly central and increasingly invisible. After 9/11, the shifting of racial hatred onto brown bodies provided a respite, at least in public and popular discourses, from the long history of anti- Black racism. Each chapter deals with a particular theme that emerges out of visual culture and asks how these particular representations serve to create a contemporary understanding of brown, both dependent on and, at the same time, separated from the past.

Keywords:   United States of America, Racism, Islamophobia, Identification, Racialization, Brown, Media, Global relations, Anti brown, Subjugated essentialism

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