Through the Lens of Whiteness: Challenging Racialized Imagery in Pop Culture

Through the Lens of Whiteness: Challenging Racialized Imagery in Pop Culture

By Diane S Grimes and Liz Cooney

"Communication professor Diane S. Grimes and professional development trainer Elizabeth S. Cooney aim to help readers recognize how the images we experience in our daily lives contribute to white supremacy"--


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Book Information

Publisher: Skinner House Books
Publish Date: 10/31/2023
Pages: 200
ISBN-13: 9781558969087
ISBN-10: 155896908X
Language: English

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An essential resource for anyone who wants to enter the next stage of their antiracist journey--recognizing, analyzing, and confronting the perpetuation of racism in our visual world.

Images in the news, social media, advertisements, memes, websites, and selfies shape how we understand ourselves, our society, and our world. Even the images we don't see have an impact on our daily lives. But images are not innocent. And we don't have to be passive consumers. Our racial identities, assumptions, histories, and biases filter the images we absorb and affect how we interpret them. Are they problematic? How can you tell? Why should you care?

Situated at the intersection of critical whiteness theory and visual culture, Through the Lens of Whiteness: Challenging Racialized Imagery in Pop Culture teaches readers visual literacy tools that expose racist messages, conventions, and symbols in images. Authors Diane S. Grimes and Liz Cooney help readers understand these patterns more deeply with detailed analysis of vivid image examples and personal stories to dismantle existing biases and develop an antiracist perspective. Grimes and Cooney are guided by the principle that white people bear the responsibility for dismantling racist structures and so primarily address white readers, but also offer this book in the hope that it will be a powerful tool of resistance for all readers.

About the Author

Liz Cooney is a queer author from Des Moines, Iowa. Her work focuses on helping people communicate more effectively through valuing differences and navigating difficult conversations. She is a facilitator, executive coach, and keynote speaker, and has served as Director of Training for the award-winning professional development firm Tero International.

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