Empire Archaeologies: The Symbolic Interaction of Stereotype and New Self-Representation

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Utilizing the intersection of Critical Race Theory and the de/re/constructive tenets of visual culture archaeology, this chapter proposes to explore the means by which the colonized reinterprets the colonizer through an examination of the intertextual subversions of African American artists ranging from Aaron Douglas to Kehinde Wiley. Visual culture archaeology recognizes the power-knowledge confluence that constitutes: (1) the social construction of modern Eurocentric institutions and identities; (2) the discursive matrices for the social construction of normativity; (3) socially transgressive interpretations of identity; and (4) the interrogation of visual culture as the arena wherein these contestations take place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783319652566
ISBN (Print)9783319652559
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Critical race theory
  • Empire
  • Identity
  • Symbolic interactionism
  • Visual culture archaeology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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