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The Taxonomic Gaze: Looking at Whiteness from East to West

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In this article I consider representations of whiteness which emanate from

    outside the Euro-American centres. I argue that it is necessary to understand

    how whiteness has been seen by non-white observers, and that we need to be

    sensitive to local taxonomies of difference which are not always reducible to the

    white/non-white distinction which is hegemonic in the Euro-American centres. I

    consider the works of some artists and writers from early twentieth century

    Japan who are sensitive to their positioning in international hierarchies and who

    attempt to place themselves in a position of power in these gendered, classed,

    ethnicised and racialised hierarchies through their deployment of what I call the

    ‘taxonomic gaze’. I argue that the concept of whiteness needs to be historicised

    and provincialised, and that the field of whiteness studies itself also needs to be

    historicised.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Mackie, V. (2014). The Taxonomic Gaze: Looking at Whiteness from East to West. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 10 (2), 1-16.

Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 16

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.acrawsa.org.au/files/ejournalfiles/244Mackie201425.pdf

Abstract


  • In this article I consider representations of whiteness which emanate from

    outside the Euro-American centres. I argue that it is necessary to understand

    how whiteness has been seen by non-white observers, and that we need to be

    sensitive to local taxonomies of difference which are not always reducible to the

    white/non-white distinction which is hegemonic in the Euro-American centres. I

    consider the works of some artists and writers from early twentieth century

    Japan who are sensitive to their positioning in international hierarchies and who

    attempt to place themselves in a position of power in these gendered, classed,

    ethnicised and racialised hierarchies through their deployment of what I call the

    ‘taxonomic gaze’. I argue that the concept of whiteness needs to be historicised

    and provincialised, and that the field of whiteness studies itself also needs to be

    historicised.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Mackie, V. (2014). The Taxonomic Gaze: Looking at Whiteness from East to West. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 10 (2), 1-16.

Number Of Pages


  • 15

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 16

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.acrawsa.org.au/files/ejournalfiles/244Mackie201425.pdf