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Selling racism: history, heritage, gender and the (re)production of prejudice

Selling racism: history, heritage, gender and the (re)production of prejudice
Selling racism: history, heritage, gender and the (re)production of prejudice
How do we confront the legacy of historical racism? Kushner explores the heritage industry as represented by museums, art galleries and commercial outlets, as well as the discipline of humanities within academia, and their confrontation (or otherwise) with the racist discourse of the past and its ideological and material manifestations today. Through case-studies relating particularly to the Hottentot Venus and the Gollywog, he argues that, whilst scientific racism is not enjoying the same revival in Britain as in the United States, at a cultural level the situation is far less healthy. In turn, cultural racism has limited the exploration of the pluralism of British history, making it difficult to move beyond earlier problematic discourses, including those of race, gender and class, and thus to reconstruct the everyday lives of minorities in the past and their role as historical actors.
brighton, cultural studies, gender, gollywog, heritage, history, hottentot venus, museum, postmodernism, racism
0031-322X
67-86
Kushner, Antony
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Kushner, Antony
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Kushner, Antony (1999) Selling racism: history, heritage, gender and the (re)production of prejudice. Patterns of Prejudice, 33 (4), 67-86. (doi:10.1080/003132299128810704). (PMID:22043543)

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How do we confront the legacy of historical racism? Kushner explores the heritage industry as represented by museums, art galleries and commercial outlets, as well as the discipline of humanities within academia, and their confrontation (or otherwise) with the racist discourse of the past and its ideological and material manifestations today. Through case-studies relating particularly to the Hottentot Venus and the Gollywog, he argues that, whilst scientific racism is not enjoying the same revival in Britain as in the United States, at a cultural level the situation is far less healthy. In turn, cultural racism has limited the exploration of the pluralism of British history, making it difficult to move beyond earlier problematic discourses, including those of race, gender and class, and thus to reconstruct the everyday lives of minorities in the past and their role as historical actors.

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Published date: 1999
Keywords: brighton, cultural studies, gender, gollywog, heritage, history, hottentot venus, museum, postmodernism, racism
Organisations: History

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Local EPrints ID: 398504
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/398504
ISSN: 0031-322X
PURE UUID: d9fe161c-f1fc-4cea-a78b-34ddf0b2af4d

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Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 20:15

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