Week 5 – Cultural Studies: Barker; Chp. 9

Barker raised the concept of race and ethnicity here, particularly in a manner that I would not have approached. He first laid out that race as an identity marker was born out of poor and invalid biological underpinnings, and that ethnicity came about later as a manner of communities marked by shared signs and symbols. (250) But what was most significant for me in this was his argument that the marks of race/ethnicity are descriptive of the user’s ethnicity, not the other’s. It is a reactive defininition or marker, as opposed to explicitly self-described. (250) It also carries with it universal assumptions about the self that is using the marker as an identity.

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~ by Brian Shope on February 10, 2008.

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