By Lindon Barrett
Blackness and cost investigates the rules during which "value" operates, and asks whether it is priceless to visualize that the techniques of racial blackness and whiteness within the usa function when it comes to those rules. checking out those strategies through exploring a number of theoretical techniques and their shortcomings, Lindon Barrett unearths that the gulf among "the highway" (where race is stated as a strong enigma) and the literary academy (where until eventually lately it has no longer been) will be understood as a symptom of racial violence. whereas usually techniques to race and cost are tested traditionally or sociologically, this interesting learn offers a brand new serious process that speaks to theorists of race in addition to gender and queer stories.
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Extra resources for Blackness and Value: Seeing Double
But I could guess from the sound of her voice. It was weird, that house filled with crazy furniture and junk that just collected dust and pillows all over. How she used to dog me about those pillows. (22) Page 24 Even though at this point Holiday works inside the house, she remains outside a fetishized boundary. Holiday, in the eyes of the "great big greasy bitch" for whom she works, not only is in the house to attend to the dirt, but amounts apparently to a part of the dirt. The epithet "nigger," with which Holiday claims she is unfamiliar, categorically marks her as an anomaly within the house.
Cultural logic of blackness and whiteness in their "racialized" diacriticism. They provide revealing canvases on which to detail the theoretical observations elaborated at some length in these pages. Yet, moreover, they provide equally rewarding opportunities to read the critical theoretical traditions deployed in this study against their own grains, returning to these traditions a critical scrutiny made possible precisely through considering the conditions of African American cultural production.
1 Baudrillard suggests that Marx fails to recognize fully the positive terms or the positive pattern of the system under scrutiny and, as a result, takes up unexamined some of the very forms of value he aims to demystify and anatomize; he remains blind to the fact that the apparent solidity and apparent groundedness of use value prove merely more convincing points of hypostasis than the free floating play of exchange value: In concrete labor man gives a useful, objective end to nature; in need he gives a useful, subjective end to products.