Visible Identities Race, Gender, and the Self

ISBN-10: 0195137353

ISBN-13: 9780195137354

Edition: 2005 (Annotated)

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Description: In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. Visible Identities fills this gap. Drawing on both philosophical sources as well as theories and empirical studies in the social sciences, Martn Alcoff makes a strong case that identities are not like special interests, nor are they doomed to oppositional politics, nor do they inevitably lead to conformism, essentialism, orreductive approaches to judging others. Identities are historical formations and their political implications are open to interpretation. But identities such as race and gender also have a powerful visual and material aspect that eliminativists and social constructionists often underestimate. Visible Identities offers a careful analysis of the political and philosophical worries about identity and argues that these worries are neither supported by the empirical data nor grounded in realistic understandings of what identities are. Martn Alcoff develops a more realistic characterization of identity in general through combining phenomenological approaches to embodiment with hermeneutic concepts of the interpretive horizon. Besides addressing the general contours ofsocial identity, Martn Alcoff develops an account of the material infrastructure of gendered identity, compares and contrasts gender identities with racialized ones, and explores the experiential aspects of racial subjectivity for both whites and non-whites. In several chapters she looks specifically at Latinoidentity as well, including its relationship to concepts of race, the specific forms of anti-Latino racism, and the politics of mestizo or hybrid identity.

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 9.25" wide x 6.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Identities Real and Imagined
Introduction: Identity and Visibility
The Pathologizing of Identity
The Political Critique
The Philosophical Critique
Real Identities
Gender Identity and Gender Differences
The Identity Crisis in Feminism
The Metaphysics of Gender and Sexual Difference
Racialized Identities and Racial Subjects
A Phenomenology of Racial Embodiment
Race and Visibility
The Whiteness Question
Latino/a Particularity
Latinos and the Categories of Race
Latinos, Asian-Americans and the Black/White Paradigm
On Being Mixed
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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