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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Furthermore, she clearly disagrees with the condition regarding identity that is required by Rorty’s great left liberal hope: Alcoff effectively argues that any analysis identoties the ontology of race, ethnicity, or gender will necessarily be incomplete without seriously considering the embodied experience of beings marked by those categories. Minus one star for being terribly insensitive and ill-informed when it comes to gender. Idnetities defends a dialogical account of the self that incorporates her use of hermeneutics and phenomenology, and argues that individuals participate in multiple and hybrid identities.

Jul 23, Dalia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Thomas rated it it was ok Feb 01, Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: Alcoff commences her project by reviewing the claims of liberals, political commentators and academics who espouse the hope of a unified American identity. Social Dynamics Brian Skyrms. Academic Skip to main content. Print Save Cite Email Share. Return to Book Page. The third problem charges that strongly felt social identities interfere with rational deliberation, especially concerning political, ethical, and cultural matters.

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Identities are historical formations and their political implications are open to interpretation. This leads her to ignore the deeper concerns that critics have about identity iddentities as a species of special interest politics. Dec 25, Hafsa rated it liked it Shelves: Offers an account of social identity that is attentive to both the political and the philosophical debates, and that brings the empirical work on identity movements to bear on the theoretical debates in post-structuralism.


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Social Identity in Metaphysics. Philosophical Issues of Identity and Justice. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Alcoff introduces her conception of embodiment and visibility in the fourth chapter, “Real Identitiss but she expands it in chapters six, “The Metaphysics of Gender and Sexual Difference,” seven, “The Phenomenology of Racial Embodiment,” and eight, “Racism and Visible Race.

Of course, the familiarity of the latter idea is due in no small part to the influence that her identitie “Mestizo Identity” has had on race theory. I’ve only read excerpts that Dr. Em rated it really liked it Feb 21, lida However, Alcoff does not seek to replace objectivist accounts of social identities with one based on hermeneutics and phenomenology; rather, she thinks that they are consistent and can be fruitfully paired.

Josh Landahl rated it liked it Aug 08, Since our identities so strongly affect our interaction with the world, they cannot be so easily transcended in the way that liberals typically demand.

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Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

The desire of those communities to conserve their identities presents a challenge to those liberals who want to shift the national discussion to unity and the common good. The question remains, who are we?


Putting her political arguments aside, this is one of Alcoff’s most important contributions to race theory. The Disuniting of America: Personal Identity in Multicultural Constitutional Democracies. Reflections on a Multicultural Society. Authors Affiliations are at time of print publication. May 17, Karli rated it really liked it.

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Other features of Alcoff’s account of social identities are familiar ideas in debates about the metaphysics of social identities. identigies

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Martín Alcoff

Gender Identity and Gender Differences 5. More In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. Latinos and the categories of race ; Latinos, Asian Americans, and the idenyities binary ; On being mixed.

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. Secondly, for Alcoff, the identities of race and gender are embodied and visible to the world.

The first is straightforward, and concerns the worry that any “strongly felt” ethnic, racial, or cultural identity harms or prevents needed national cohesion. Idenrities and the Categories of Race. Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.