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Racing the Street: Race, Rhetoric, and Technology in Metropolitan London, 1840-1900 (Rhetoric & Public Culture: History, Theory, Critique #3)

Racing the Street: Race, Rhetoric, and Technology in Metropolitan London, 1840-1900 (Rhetoric & Public Culture: History, Theory, Critique #3)

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Publication Date: August 18th, 2020
Publisher:
University of California Press
ISBN:
9780520343610
Pages:
196
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Description

Racing the Street traces the history of how race was used as a technology for gathering, assembling, and networking the early cosmopolitan city. Drawing on an archive that ranges from engineering blueprints and parliamentary committee reports to sensationalistic pamphlets and periodical press accounts, Robert J. Topinka conducts an original genealogy of the nineteenth-century London street, demonstrating how race as a technology gathers, sorts, and assembles the teeming particularities of the street into a manageable network. This interdisciplinary study offers a novel approach to the intersections of race, rhetoric, media, technology, and urban government.

About the Author

Robert J. Topinka is Lecturer in Transnational Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London and recipient of an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant for the project, “Politics, Ideology, and Rhetoric in the 21st Century: The Case of the Alt-Right.”

Praise for Racing the Street: Race, Rhetoric, and Technology in Metropolitan London, 1840-1900 (Rhetoric & Public Culture: History, Theory, Critique #3)

"The primary virtue of this book is Topinka’s lucid and profound analyses. . . . Essentially insightful and provides a new take on matters of much relevance."
— Journal of British Studies

"An intriguing text that reveals what thinking about race and new materialism in the context of nineteenth-century London can do for contemporary rhetorical scholars."
— Rhetoric Society Quarterly