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Categories We Live ByThe Construction of Sex, Gender, Race, and Other Social Categories$
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Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190256791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190256791.001.0001

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Categories We Live By

Categories We Live By

Systematicity and Oppression

(p.127) Conclusion Categories We Live By
Categories We Live By


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In the book’s conclusion, the question is discussed how the radically contextualist theory of social features of individuals offered in this book can ground claims of solidarity across place and time and account for the systematicity of oppression. How can women in the US ground their claim to solidarity with women in Bangladesh or Syria? How can LGBTQ individuals ground their solidarity with oppressed sexual minorities in a faraway time or place? The author offers two suggestions. The first one is to focus on fact that certain features of individuals, such as genitalia, serve as base features for differential treatment in many, many contexts. The second is to notice similar constraints and enablements across contexts. Both of these, and a combination of them, can ground claims to solidarity and systematicity.

Keywords:   conferralism, solidarity, systematicity, contextualism, feature overlap, overlap in constraints and enablements

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