Linda Martín Alcoff’s book, Visible Identities, offers a conception of social identities that collects together her work on the metaphysics. Alcoff, Linda. Visible identities:race, gender, and the self/Linda Martın Alcoff. p. cm.—(Studies in feminist philosophy). Includes bibliographical references and. PDF | On Mar 1, , David Ingram and others published Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Alcoff.
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Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self
They seek to suppress the very multiplicity and hybridity which Alcoff depends upon to save identity from the criticisms of liberals. Allison Weir – – Philosophy lindx Social Criticism 35 5: Identities are historical formations and their political implications are open to interpretation. The third problem charges that strongly felt social identities interfere with rational deliberation, especially concerning political, ethical, and cultural matters.
This tension is especially apparent in Alcoff’s discussion of mixed race identity and the black-white binary.
This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. She defends a dialogical account of the self that incorporates her use of hermeneutics and phenomenology, and argues that individuals participate in multiple and hybrid identities. The price of the black-white binary, according to Alcoff, is the diminishment of the rights akcoff interests of groups outside the black-white binary, and she presents a strong argument for the abandonment of the binary in political and philosophical investigations of race and racism.
Race, Gender, and Sexuality: While she places the social identities she analyzes within the context of group interaction, her emphasis on hybridity and multiplicity allows for enough divergence so that three problems visibel identity are avoided. Our experience of our identities is not as a mere concept or category; they are the experiences of our bodies in our social worlds, of our embodied visibility.
Although I was only required to read chapters 6 and 7, Alcoff has some interesting perspectives on gender and sexual differences, and racial embodiment. They are the “situations” from which we come to know, understand, and reason about the world.
The rise of mixed race consciousness and the claiming of the identity by an increasing number of multiracial youth, who otherwise would have been considered to be a member of “just” one race, has been met linea widespread suspicion, criticism, and active opposition from such institutional forces as the NAACP and La Raza.
Racialized Identities and Racist Subjects 7. Refresh and try again.
No trivia or quizzes yet. But identities such as race and gender also have a powerful visual and material aspect that eliminativists and social constructionists often underestimate. Josh Landahl rated it liked it Aug 08, Alcoff effectively argues that any analysis of the ontology of race, ethnicity, or gender will necessarily be incomplete without seriously considering the embodied experience of linds marked by those categories. To view it, click here.
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 lunda interests, nor are they doomed to oppositional politics, nor do they inevitably lead to conformism, essentialism, or reductive approaches to judging others. She also, however, reminds us that these complex and radically particular identities have historically served as points of political organization, and argues that they should engender larger political participation.
In short, I worry that Alcoff does not fully consider the incentives that social identities have to institutionalize and to form alcof. Although the weight of Alcoff’s analysis rests in the first section, the collection of chapters in the following sections, liinda of which have been previously published, are invaluable resources for scholars interested in this area of philosophy, and will be useful in classes ranging from political and social philosophy to feminist philosophy and race theory.
Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Martín Alcoff
Return to Book Page. Disorientation and Moral Life Ami Harbin. Coe – – Hypatia 22 2: Relational Knowing and Epistemic Injustice: David Ingram – – Constellations 18 1: Leftist Thought in the Twentieth-Century America.
Gender Identity and Gender Differences 5. Visible Identities fills this gap. I’m a big fan of post-positivist realism, Alcoff, Moya, Mohanty, etc Alcoff has offered a viaible of arguments that race, ethnicity, and gender are visible identities that cannot simply be wished away, and should have a place in political life. Rachel McKinnon – – Res Philosophica 92 2: Alcoff’s account of identity exposes important features of “visible identities” that make them radically particular experiences.
Coe – – Journal of Speculative Lijda 23 3: