LINDA ALCOFF VISIBLE IDENTITIES PDF

Sajin The second problem claims that these identities reify what are really illusory categories. The third problem charges that strongly felt social identities interfere with rational deliberation, especially concerning political, ethical, visibble cultural matters. Besides addressing the general contours of social identity, the book 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 vusible and non-whites. However, there is a tension in her work between the radical particularity of identity in her account of racial embodiment, and her account of the role of social identities within democracy. Visible identities, according to Alcoff, are a resource in a pluralistic democracy, and are not to be eschewed for a simple American identity beyond hyphens, race, ethnicity, and gender difference.

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Sajin The second problem claims that these identities reify what are really illusory categories. The third problem charges that strongly felt social identities interfere with rational deliberation, especially concerning political, ethical, visibble cultural matters. Besides addressing the general contours of social identity, the book 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 vusible and non-whites.

However, there is a tension in her work between the radical particularity of identity in her account of racial embodiment, and her account of the role of social identities within democracy. Visible identities, according to Alcoff, are a resource in a pluralistic democracy, and are not to be eschewed for a simple American identity beyond hyphens, race, ethnicity, and gender difference. They will still want to know how our visible identities can become properly public identities that aid us to understand and motivate us to strive for the common good.

Our Faithfulness to the Past Sue Campbell. Social Dynamics Brian Skyrms. This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online — view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. Thus, the political question is a constituting one that points to an ongoing formative project, and it requires the political community to work through time to achieve alcoff collective ideal identity. Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part aalcoff Oxford Scholarship Online — view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level.

Sign in Create an account. In short, I worry that Alcoff does not fully consider the incentives that social identities have to institutionalize and to form bureaucracies. Furthermore, since these categories come with scripts, determined by social expectations and stereotypes, they serve to undermine individual autonomy and individually formed rational life plans.

Print Save Cite Email Share. Leftist Thought in the Twentieth-Century America. Broido — — Inquiry: No keywords specified fix it. Social Identity in Metaphysics. But identities such as race and Alief in Action and Reaction.

This feature of her account is developed in her discussion of mixed race and mestizo identity. Drawing on both philosophical sources as well as theories and empirical studies in the social sciences, this book 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, or reductive approaches to judging others.

In several chapters the book looks specifically at Latino identity as well, including its relationship to concepts of race, the specific forms of anti-Latino racism, and the politics of mestizo or hybrid identity.

Reflections on a Multicultural Society. Secondly, for Alcoff, the identities of race and gender are embodied and visible to the world. The upshot of these features of her account is to further weaken the identitkes objections she analyzes, especially the assumption that such identities lead to narrow, isolated, and separated self-conceptions that undermine national political life. From sociological to analytic philosophical investigations about race, objectivist analyses have dominated, and have all been concerned with the social structures that make race salient in individual and group life, the level to which such human categories parallel deep biological structures, and whether those categories are alcogf some sense identjties.

Race, Gender, and Sexuality: Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: Her metaphysical arguments, however, will not satisfy the political worries of the liberal critics of identity. Related Articles.

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New York: Oxford University Press, Portions or revised versions of previously published essays are coherently included, illuminating and connecting her years of thinking about racial and gender identities. Years ago, she was a student in the philosophy department in which I taught. Since then, I have tried to keep in touch with her, have followed her illustrious career with interest and enthusiasm, and have learned a great deal from her. That said, I was delighted to see that she still finds useful those remarks about women.

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Drawing on both philosophical sources as well as theories and empirical studies in the social sciences, this book 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, or reductive approaches to judging others. Identities are historical formations and their political implications are open to interpretation. But identities such as race and More In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides.

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