Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet

Author(s): Lisa Nakamura

Nakamura Digitizing Race


Lisa Nakamura, a leading scholar in the examination of race in digital media, looks at the emergence of race-, ethnic-, and gender-identified visual cultures through popular yet rarely evaluated uses of the Internet. While popular media depict people of color and women as passive audiences, Nakamura argues that they use the Internet to vigorously articulate their own types of virtual community, avatar bodies, and racial politics.

Winner of the Asian American Studies Association award in Cultural Studies, 2010

Publication Information:

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Year of Publication: 2007

# of Pages: 256

Additional Information:

ISBN: 978-0-8166-4613-5

Notes, Comments, Reviews:

"With Digitizing Race, Lisa Nakamura, one of the most perceptive observers of identity in the digital age, skillfully draws our attention to those taken for granted interfaces at which race and ethnicity are constituted, revealing the centrality of these techno-visual practices to contemporary political culture."
—Alondra Nelson, co-editor of Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life