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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Strongly felt identities, and the expectation of loyalty and authenticity that comes with them, interferes with public reason and broader democratic deliberation. Trivia About Visible Identitie In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides.
Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self
To ask other readers questions about Visible Identitiesplease sign up. Leftist Thought in the Twentieth-Century America. The idea of visibility has a unifying role in Alcoff’s metaphysical and epistemological account of those social identities. In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. The upshot of these features of her account is to further weaken the three objections she analyzes, especially the assumption that such identities lead to narrow, isolated, and separated self-conceptions that undermine national political life.
Don’t have an account? A worthwhile read, I’ll come back to this and read more later. In Alcoff’s analysis, the social identities of race, ethnicity, and gender function as interpretative horizons. Hannah Levinson rated it really liked it Mar 22, Essays on Ethics and Feminism Sabina Lovibond. At best, Alcoff demonstrates how race, ethnicity and gender are present in our lives and in society, as well as their effect on how we know the world.
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No trivia or quizzes yet. Race, Gender, and Sexuality: Her metaphysical arguments, however, will not satisfy the political worries of the liberal critics of identity. linfa
Rachel rated it liked it Aug 27, In short, I worry that Alcoff does not fully consider the incentives that social identities have to institutionalize and to form bureaucracies. Besides addressing the general contours of social identity, Martin Alcoff develops an account of the material infrastructure of gendered identity, compares and contrasts gender identities with racialized ones, and explores the experiential aspects of racial subjectivity for both whites and non-whites.
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That political point is the fundamental point of this book, and it is delivered through Alcoff’s metaphysical analysis of race, ethnicity, and gender.
Philosophical Issues of Identity and Justice. History of Western Philosophy. 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. Those chapters have been previously published but they have also been reworked to include her insights from the first section.
Latinos and the categories of race ; Latinos, Asian Americans, and the black-white binary ; On being mixed.
Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 22 2: The Pathologizing of Identity. The third problem charges that strongly felt social identities interfere with rational deliberation, especially concerning political, ethical, and cultural matters. Kristin rated it it was ok Jan 09, Kayla Mehl rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Of course, the familiarity of the latter idea is due in no small part to the influence that her essay “Mestizo Identity” has had on race theory.
In several chapters the book looks specifically at Latino identity as well, including its idenities to concepts of race, the specific forms of anti-Latino racism, and the politics of mestizo or hybrid identity.
In Alcoff’s analysis, lnda are three problems that these liberals and many conservatives have with strongly felt racial, ethnic, or gender identity. Besides addressing the general contours of social identity, the book develops an account of the material infrastructure of gendered identity, compares and contrasts gender identities with racialized ones, and explores the experiential aspects of racial subjectivity for both whites and non-whites.
Print Save Cite Email Share. Josh Landahl rated it liked it Aug 08, Rachel rated it it was amazing Mar 19, They are, respectively, the separation, reification, and reasoning problems, and each comes with its own assumptions about the nature of difference.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Although the weight of Alcoff’s analysis rests in the first section, the collection of chapters in alcff following sections, all 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. Thus, the political question is a constituting one that points to an ongoing identiteis project, visilbe it requires the political community to work through time to achieve their collective ideal identity.
No keywords specified fix it. Feminist Edges of the Qur’an Aysha A. Lotter – – South African Journal of Philosophy 17 3: Identities are historical formations and their political implications are open to interpretation. But identities such as race and gender also have a powerful visual and material aspect that eliminativists and social constructionists often underestimate.