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Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

Linda Martín Alcoff


In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. 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

Keywords: identity, conformism, essentialism, reductive approaches, race, gender, Latino identiy, racism, mestizo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195137347
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195137345.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Martín Alcoff, author
Syracuse University