Visible identities:race, gender, and the self/Linda Martın Alcoff. p. cm.—(Studies in feminist philosophy). Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. Visible. PDF | On Mar 1, , David Ingram and others published Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Alcoff.

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Identity and Individual Economic Agents: Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Lotter – – South African Journal of Philosophy 17 3: 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. They seek to suppress the very multiplicity and hybridity which Alcoff depends upon to save identity from the criticisms of liberals.

History of Western Philosophy. 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. Alcoff has offered a series of arguments that race, ethnicity, and gender are visible identities that cannot simply be wished away, and should have a place in political life. Alcoff responds to these problems and reveals the flaws in their related assumptions by drawing on an array of continental philosophy, hermeneutics, phenomenology, race and gender theory, and feminist epistemology to develop her own theory of identity.

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In several chapters the book looks specifically at Latino identity as well, including its relationship to concepts of race, the specific forms aldoff anti-Latino racism, and the politics of mestizo or hybrid identity. Furthermore, not only do our bodies affect our experience of the world but our bodies, as marked by race and gender, also enter into the alcoff of others. Alcoff’s critique of the pathologization of identity not only gives a supportive analysis of “strongly felt” social identities, but also identifies the equally strongly felt desire of communities of color in the US to conserve their racial and ethnic identities, and the just-as-strong desire of many feminists to maintain their feminist identities.

Identities Visjble and Imagined Introduction: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 22 2: They are, respectively, the separation, reification, alcorf reasoning problems, and each comes with its own assumptions about the nature of difference. Other features of Alcoff’s account of social identities are familiar ideas in debates about the metaphysics of social identities.


What she gives us is how race is experienced as real, but she has not established its reality. 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. Likewise, visible is what social identities should be in Alcoff’s vision alcorf political life.

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

Rachel McKinnon – – Res Philosophica 92 2: They are the “situations” from which we come to know, understand, and reason about the world. 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 their collective ideal identity. Don’t have an account? Racialized Identities and Racist Subjects 7. For the sake of their own visibility, groups engender the invisibility of other embodied identities.

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On the Epistemic Costs of Implicit Bias. 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 in some sense real.

The Identity Crisis in Feminist Theory.

Since our identities so strongly affect our interaction with the world, they cannot be so easily transcended in the way that liberals typically demand. Alcoff’s introduction of embodiment then reminds us of the specificity of the experience of each category, and the need to account for visile specificity in our theories of race, ethnicity, and gender.

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.

Visible Identities identitids this gap. Within that chapter — which is especially pertinent in the context of our present national discussions of immigration and conflicts between African Americans and Latinos — she criticizes the unjustified focus on black and white concerns and perspectives in national discussions of race.

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self – Oxford Scholarship

That assumption reveals why Alcoff must turn to metaphysical analysis and what she must overcome: It is useful analysis of the issues, especially as public intellectuals close to the Democratic party are reviving Rorty’s and Schlesinger’s anti-identity arguments, and are advocating, in the pages of the American Prospect and the New Republic, that their party should distance itself from its over-devotion to the language of “diversity” and special interest “rights” and return to the language of the “common good.


Broido – – Inquiry: Essays on Ethics and Feminism Sabina Lovibond. Bibliographic Information Print publication date: In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides.

Science Logic and Mathematics. Rorty assumes that strongly felt identities, such as race and ethnicity, necessarily undermine the project of achieving our nation, and that such identities contain a logic that is anti-political, in the Rawlsian sense, because they undermine the realization of an overlapping consensus. A Phenomenology of Racial Embodiment.

Search my Subject Specializations: Classical, Early, and Medieval World History: Ebook This title is available as an ebook. But identities such as race and No keywords specified fix it. 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 with widespread suspicion, criticism, and active opposition from such institutional forces as the NAACP and La Raza.

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Moral Failure Lisa Tessman. The remaining sections of Visible Identities are devoted to discussions of particular identities and the detailing of her phenomenological account of racial embodiment. The question identitiea, who are we?

Alcoff commences her project by reviewing the claims of liberals, political commentators and academics who espouse the hope of a unified American identity. In Alcoff’s analysis, there are three problems that these liberals and many conservatives have with strongly felt racial, ethnic, or gender identity. It is worse than naive, moreover, for liberals to insist that individuals can adorn themselves with a mantle of citizenship that would cover up their embodied and visible differences.

Visible Identities offers a careful analysis of the political and philosophical worries about identity and argues that these worries are neither supported by the empirical data nor grounded in realistic understandings of what identities are.