Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race

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  • Author(s): Samuels, Ellen Jean
  • Series:
    Cultural Front
  • Publication Information:
    New York : NYU Press. 2014
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      In themid-nineteenth-century United States, as it became increasingly difficult todistinguish between bodies understood as black, white, or Indian; able-bodiedor disabled; and male or female, intense efforts emerged to define theseidentities as biologically distinct and scientifically verifiable in aliterally marked body. Combining literary analysis, legal history, and visualculture, Ellen Samuels traces the evolution of the “fantasy ofidentification”—the powerful belief that embodied social identities are fixed,verifiable, and visible through modern science. From birthmarks andfingerprints to blood quantum and DNA, she examines how this fantasy hascirculated between cultural representations, law, science, and policy to becomeone of the most powerfully institutionalized ideologies of modern society. Yet, as Samuels demonstrates, in every case, the fantasydistorts its claimed scientific basis, substituting subjective language forclaimed objective fact. Fromits early emergence in discourses about disability fakery and fugitive slavesin the nineteenth century to its most recent manifestation in the question ofsex testing at the 2012 Olympic Games, Fantasies of Identification exploresthe roots of modern understandings of bodily identity.
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9781479812981. 9781479855049.
    • Accession Number:
      875446031
    • Accession Number:
      750065
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    • ABNT:
      SAMUELS, E. J. Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race. New York: NYU Press, 2014. ISBN 9781479812981. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=750065. Acesso em: 7 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Samuels EJ. Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race. New York: NYU Press; 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=750065. Accessed July 7, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Samuels EJ. Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race. NYU Press; 2014. Accessed July 7, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=750065
    • APA:
      Samuels, E. J. (2014). Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race. NYU Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Samuels, Ellen Jean. 2014. Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race. Cultural Front. New York: NYU Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=750065.
    • Harvard:
      Samuels, E. J. (2014) Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race. New York: NYU Press (Cultural Front). Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=750065 (Accessed: 7 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Samuels, EJ 2014, Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race, Cultural Front, NYU Press, New York, viewed 7 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Samuels, Ellen Jean. Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race. NYU Press, 2014. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=750065.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Samuels, Ellen Jean. Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race. Cultural Front. New York: NYU Press, 2014. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=750065.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Samuels EJ. Fantasies of Identification : Disability, Gender, Race [Internet]. New York: NYU Press; 2014 [cited 2020 Jul 7]. (Cultural Front). Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=750065