Reviews of 'Race After the Internet'

Reviews of 'Race After the Internet'

We are proud to announce this collection of reviews of an important new book, Race After The Internet!

We've dubbed this project a "Crowdsourced Book Review" as a nod towards its collective nature. 

Initially, HASTAC Scholars were invited to review a chapter, and then collectively comment on each other's reviews once they are posted here.

Since we originally posted this project, others have come forward to offer their own reviews too! 

All peer comments, questions and suggestions will be in the public comments on this site. We'd welcome your feedback and of course, we'd welcome any additional reviews to be included here!

The reviewers are all from different universities, at different points in their academic career, and work in different disciplines. Some of these reviews are fairly personal engagements with the chapter in question, while others are more of a 'report' of the chapter's content. There were no constraints placed on the style or content of the reviews.

We heartily welcome other reviewers to join this collection! If you'd like to add your own review, please post it as a blog on this site, and message me (Fiona Barnett, Director of HASTAC Scholars) with the link, so that I can add you to the list below.

This is such an important book, and it comes at an especially critical moment. We hope that by highlighting these engaging, innovative and thoughtful projects, that you will be inspired to read, learn & teach this book in the future. 

Click here if you'd like to see a list of chapter titles, chapter authors and reviewers.

In the meantime, jump in with comments, questions & your own reviews!

Book Overview from Routledge

In Race After the Internet, Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White bring together a collection of interdisciplinary, forward-looking essays exploring the complex role that digital media technologies play in shaping our ideas about race. Contributors interrogate changing ideas of race within the context of an increasingly digitally mediatized cultural and informational landscape. Using social scientific, rhetorical, textual, and ethnographic approaches, these essays show how new and old styles of race as code, interaction, and image are played out within digital networks of power and privilege.

Race After the Internet includes essays on the shifting terrain of racial identity and its connections to social media technologies like Facebook and MySpace, popular online games like World of Warcraft, YouTube and viral video, WiFi infrastructure, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, genetic ancestry testing, and DNA databases in health and law enforcement. Contributors also investigate the ways in which racial profiling and a culture of racialized surveillance arise from the confluence of digital data and rapid developments in biotechnology. This collection aims to broaden the definition of the "digital divide" in order to convey a more nuanced understanding of access, usage, meaning, participation, and production of digital media technology in light of racial inequality.