Passing: An Alternative History of Identity

Passing: An Alternative History of Identity

ISBN: 9781787383814

Author: Lipika Pelham

Format: Hardback

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A slave woman in 1840s America dresses as a white disabled man to escape to freedom. A twenty-first-century black rights activist who is white is publicly shamed for inventing an African heritage. A Victorian explorer disguises himself as a Muslim undergoing circumcision to enter Islam's forbidden holy city. A trans girl is forced to take off her dress before school where she's only recognised as a boy. A Palestinian woman acting as a Jewish settler passes through Israeli checkpoints while a Jew befriends Syrians by Arabising his name. All of them have 'passed' performing or claiming an identity that society hasn't assigned them or assumed to be theirs. The word was first popularised in racial terms but the passing phenomenon is as old as human culture--today it's associated with communities or identities from class and gender to religion and sexuality. For as long as we've sought to label each other and ourselves there have been those falling or stepping between the drawn boundaries. Exploring fictional historical and present- day stories including her own Lipika Pelham reflects on passing's innumerable contexts and what they tell us about belonging and identity. Passing is a rich and timely social history of the self.

Book Title: Passing: An Alternative History of Identity
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: February 2021
ISBN: 9781787383814
Author: Lipika Pelham
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Lipika Pelham worked in the BBC newsroom for over a decade, and has reported from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Having made several award-winning documentary films, she now writes and produces independent programmes for the BBC. Lipika is the author of 'Jerusalem on the Amstel', also published by Hurst, and 'The Unlikely Settler.'

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