Skip to Main Content

This chapter conceptualizes bareness in a contemporary context where the dialectic between seeing and being seen or unseen has defined social recognition. To analyze this new regime of civility, it looks at the recent European “veil wars.” How have the right to see and the privilege to disappear generated a norm of Western citizenship? Some faces “made bare” become socially vulnerable, and laws that prohibit concealing the face in public have contributed to constructing minorities as veiled and thus as conspirators the state must unveil. Simultaneously, an allegorical representation of justice with a visible yet blindfolded face has coexisted with references to heroes who are masked but also gifted with supersight. How do these representations of the concealment of the face in Western popular culture allow us to understand new modalities of subjectivation? This chapter illustrates this point through the study of two popular representations of vigilantes: Wonder Woman and the video game “Hey Baby!”

You do not currently have access to this chapter.
Don't already have an account? Register
Close Modal
This Feature Is Available To Subscribers Only

Sign In or Create an Account

Close Modal
Close Modal