The White Non-corporeal

From Richard Dyer, WHITE: ESSAYS ON RACE AND CULTURE

“To represent people is to represent bodies…. (The aspects I consider in this book) involve a wider notion of the white body, of embodiment, of whiteness involving something that is in but not of the body….”, p. 14

“….Black people can be reduced (in white culture) to their bodies and thus to race, but white people are something else that is realised in and yet is not reducible to the corporeal, or racial….”, p. 14-5

“Whites must be seen to be white, yet whiteness as race resides in invisible properties, and whiteness as power is maintained by being unseen. To be seen as white is to have one’s corporeality registered, yet true whiteness resides in the non-corporeal” (emphasis added), p. 45

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