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Sight Unseen: Gender and Race Through Blind Eyes

Ellyn Kaschak

Abstract

This book reveals the cultural and biological realities of race, gender, and sexual orientation from the perspective of the blind. Through ten case studies and dozens of interviews, the book taps directly into the phenomenology of race, gender, and sexual orientation among blind individuals, along with the everyday epistemology of vision. It reveals not only how the blind create systems of meaning out of cultural norms but also how cultural norms inform our conscious and unconscious interactions with others regardless of our physical ability to see.

Keywords: blindness, race, gender, sexual orientation, vision, cultural norms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172905
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172905.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellyn Kaschak, author