After Identity Rethinking Race, Sex, and Gender

ISBN-10: 0521709296
ISBN-13: 9780521709293
Edition: 2007
Authors: Georgia Warnke
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Book details

List price: $36.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Social and political theorists have traced in detail how individuals come to possess gender, sex and racial identities. This book examines the nature of these identities. Georgia Warnke argues that identities, in general, are interpretations and, as such, have more in common with textual understanding than we commonly acknowledge. A racial, sexed or gendered understanding of who we and others are is neither exhaustive of the meanings we can be said to have nor uniquely correct. We are neither always, or only, black or white, men or women or males or females. Rather, all identities have a restricted scope and can lead to injustices and contradictions when they are employed beyond that scope. In concluding her argument, Warnke considers the legal and policy implications that follow for affirmative action, childbearing leave, the position of gays in the military and marriage between same-sex partners.

Acknowledgments
Table of cases
Introduction: reading individuals
The tragedy of David Reimer
Racial identification and identity
Race and interpretation
Sex and science
Rethinking sex and gender identities
Marriage, the military, and identity
Hermeneutics and the politics of identity
Conclusion
Index

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