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Faculty Book: Stuart Ewen

Stuart Ewen and Elizabeth Ewen (Ewen & Ewen)

Typecasting: On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality
(Seven Stories Press, 2006)

In this exploration of the growth of stereotyping amidst the rise of modern society, the authors demonstrate “typecasting” as a persistent cultural practice. Drawing on fields as diverse as history, pop culture, racial science, and film, and including over 100 images, many published here for the first time, the authors present a vivid portrait of stereotyping as it was forged by colonialism, industrialization, mass media, urban life, and the global economy. They reveal how stereotyping or typecasting continues to inform our most fundamental and unconscious judgments of beauty, humanity, and degeneracy. Stuart Ewen is a distinguished professor of history and sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: OCT 3, 2009

Category: Faculty Books, History