Friday, May 08, 2015

          Professor Obasogie's Book, "Blinded by Sight” Awarded 2015 Herbert Jacob Book Prize

          Award recognizes exceptional approaches to law and social scholarship.
          Sample alt tag.
          Professor Osagie Obasogie

          Published in 2014, Professor Osagie Obasogie’s book, Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind has been awarded the Law and Society Association’s 2015 Herbert Jacob Book Prize. The award was established in 1996 and recognizes exceptional approaches to law and social scholarship.

          After Professor Obasogie watched the biopic Ray, about the famed singer Ray Charles who was blind from early childhood, he was inspired to investigate how the blind perceive race. 

          His subsequent study, which was first documented in his sociology Ph.D. dissertation at UC Berkeley, examined the racial perceptions of 110 individuals who were blind since birth. His conversations with them dismantled the idea that blind people are unaware of race as visual construct. He found that even though the blind can't see racial cues, they still plan and organize their lives, and decide who to socialize with, by navigating boundaries marked by visual descriptions of race.

          Published by Stanford University Press, Blinded by Sight draws attention to a common symbol in law—the blindfolded justice statue—and argues that a common aspiration to live in a "colorblind" society in a “post-racial” world limits our understanding of how race is socially constructed. The myth of color blindness in law, public policy, and culture “will not lead us to any imagined racial utopia,” Obasogie said.

          Professor Levine has championed Professor Obasogie’s work and is thrilled about the LSA prize. "This wonderful award confirms Professor Obasogie's growing reputation as an important and original scholar in the field of law and society. His work helps all of us reconsider social, personal and legal understandings of race," he said.

          The Law and Society Association called Obasogie’s book “a true tour de force, beautifully written, lucid and persuasive … [offering] an important socio-legal critique of race both as a nonexistent construction and as an ontological entity, and by extension, as a limited legal category whose existence should be problematized, rather than assumed or negated.”

          Professor Obasogie will be presented with the award at a reception in Seattle in late May.

          ***

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Monday, August 14, 2017

          Message from Dean Faigman: Bar Exam Pass Line

          Sound research is needed to determine a proper cut score.
          Friday, August 11, 2017

          UC Hastings Students Staying Energized at the California Public Utilities Commission

          Three students dedicated to public service and the environment discuss their experience this summer at the CPUC.
          Tuesday, August 01, 2017

          Announcing New Academic Dean Morris Ratner

          Highly regarded scholar, educator, and mentor explains his goals of supporting the school while exploring opportunities for change.
          Tuesday, August 01, 2017

          Thinkers & Doers: July 2017

          Polyamorous Marriages -- Prof. Feldman has Amazon’s #1 New Release in Health Law -- 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year -- Cleaning up the Tenderloin -- The Democratic Party’s Billion-Dollar Mistake -- War Games Threatcasting -- Prof. Williams’ book on Mark Cuban’s summer reading list -- and much more
          Friday, July 28, 2017

          Lights, Camera, Legal: UC Hastings students on set with Danny Glover, Terry Crews, Stephen Yeun, & more.

          Rising 3L Kristian Zanis, and rising 2Ls Eisha Perry and Sara Khorasani are learning the legal and production side of the film industry at a San Francisco entertainment law firm.
          Go to News Archive