Race after technology : abolitionist tools for the New Jim Code
- Ruha Benjamin.
- Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA : Polity, 2019.
- Copyright notice
- Physical description
- x, 285 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- Benjamin, Ruha author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 240-273) and index.
- Engineered inequity
- Default discrimination
- Coded exposure
- Technological benevolence
- Retooling solidarity, reimagining justice.
- Publisher's summary
From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity. Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen discrimination while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to the racism of a previous era. Presenting the concept of the "New Jim Code, " she shows how a range of discriminatory designs encode inequity by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies; by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions; or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. Moreover, she makes a compelling case for race itself as a kind of technology, designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice in the architecture of everyday life. This illuminating guide provides conceptual tools for decoding tech promises with sociologically informed skepticism. In doing so, it challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold but also the ones we ourselves manufacture. If you adopt this book for classroom use in the 2019-2020 academic year, the author would be pleased to arrange to Skype to a session of your class. If interested, enter your details in this sign-up sheet: https://buff.ly/2wJsvZr .
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Digital divide > United States > 21st century.
- Information technology > Social aspects > United States > 21st century.
- African Americans > Social conditions > 21st century.
- White people > United States > Social conditions > 21st century.
- United States > Race relations > 21st century.
- SOCIAL SCIENCE / Demography.
- African Americans > Social conditions.
- Digital divide.
- Information technology > Social aspects.
- Whites > Social conditions.
- United States.
- Digitale Spaltung.
- Soziale Ungleichheit.
- Publication date
- Copyright date
- 1509526404 (paperback)
- 9781509526406 (paperback)
- 1509526390 (hardback)
- 9781509526390 (hardback)
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