Seeing Race through the Lens

Knowles, Caroline. 2006. Seeing Race through the Lens. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29(3), pp. 512-529. ISSN 01419870 [Article]

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This article reflects on the uses of visual ethnography to expose the mundane substance of racial categories and intersections with (racialized, ethnicized) cultural difference. Race and ethnicity are lived as well as narrated and, indeed, living is a form of narration which is particularly amenable to visual exploration. It is set in an empirical investigation of a microcosm of global migration in the lives of two white British lifestyle migrants to Hong Kong and their relationship with Chineseness, entered through their domestic arrangements, with the camera lens.

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Photography, visual ethnography, Hong Kong, whiteness, racial grammar

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1 May 2006Published

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