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Visible IdentitiesRace, Gender, and the Self$
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Linda Martín Alcoff

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195137345.001.0001

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Identity and Visibility

(p.5) Introduction
Visible Identities

Linda Martín Alcoff

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the various issues surrounding social identity. Differences are widely believed to pose an a priori threat to alliance, unity, communication, and true understanding. This book aims to cast serious doubt on the suspicion of difference by explicating some of the important features of specific identities: race/ethnicity, sex/gender, and the new pan-Latino identity. It also addresses the general anti-identity trend of current (mainly white-dominant) public discourses, and develops a broad account of what social identities are. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   social identity, race, ethnicity, pan-Latino

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