On the Arts and Sciences of Human Inequality: A History of Dominant Ideas

By Elizabeth Ewen; Stuart Ewen

Seven Stories Press, Paperback, 9781583227763, 523pp.

Publication Date: April 2008


Typecasting chronicles the emergence of the "science of first impression" and reveals how the work of its creators—early social scientists—continues to shape how we see the world and to inform our most fundamental and unconscious judgments of beauty, humanity, and degeneracy. In this groundbreaking exploration of the growth of stereotyping amidst the rise of modern society, authors Ewen & Ewen demonstrate "typecasting" as a persistent cultural practice. Drawing on fields as diverse as history, pop culture, racial science, and film, and including over one hundred images, many published here for the first time, the authors present a vivid portrait of stereotyping as it was forged by colonialism, industrialization, mass media, urban life, and the global economy.

About the Author
Elizabeth Ewen is Distinguished Teaching Professor in American Studies at SUNY, Old Westbury. Stuart Ewen is CUNY Distinguished Professor of Film & Media Studies at Hunter and History and Sociology at the Graduate Center. Ewen & Ewen is their authorial sobriquet.

Ewen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College.