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Sight UnseenGender and Race Through Blind Eyes$
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Ellyn Kaschak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172905

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172905.001.0001

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Not Seeing Is Also Believing

Not Seeing Is Also Believing

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(p.162) 11 Not Seeing Is Also Believing
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Sight Unseen
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Ellyn Kaschak

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172905.003.0011

This concluding chapter asserts that, throughout this book's discourse of the blind, that visual institutions of race and gender have been dis-illusioned or dis-imagined, even as the blind themselves are continually haunted by apparitions of the “sighted” world. In the end, gender(ization) and racial(ization) are products of human eyes. What must be questioned are not just the qualities that lead to these ideas becoming psychological and cultural “reality” via the indeterminate observer, but the very force that holds them in apparently static pattern in the human eye/mind. That glue or psychological gravity is mattering, individual and cultural, idiosyncratic and consensual—it too must be questioned.

Keywords:   mattering, race, gender, human eyes, reality, eye/mind, psychological gravity

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