Seeking New Civilizations: Race Normativity in the Star Trek Franchise

  title={Seeking New Civilizations: Race Normativity in the Star Trek Franchise},
  author={Allen Kwan},
  journal={Bulletin of Science, Technology \& Society},
  pages={59 - 70}
  • Allen Kwan
  • Published 1 February 2007
  • Art
  • Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
As with many science fiction works, the Star Trek franchise uses allegory to address contemporary social issues. Taking a liberal humanistic stance, it addresses race and racism using aliens as allegorical stand-ins for humanity. However, the producers of the Star Trek franchise were inadvertently perpetuating the racism they were advocating against. Operating within the framework of normative Whiteness, the producers privilege the White American male as the average human being. The characters… 
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