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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The second problem claims that these identities reify what are really illusory categories. The third problem charges that strongly felt social identities interfere with rational deliberation, especially concerning political, ethical, visibble cultural matters. 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.

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 vusible and non-whites. 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. Located as we are within our embodied identities, it is naive for liberals to insist that individuals who recognize and seek recognition of their embodied identities are “reifying” those identities.

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

Visible Identities fills this identitie. Visible identities, according to Alcoff, are a resource in a pluralistic democracy, and are not to be eschewed for a simple American identity beyond hyphens, race, ethnicity, and gender difference. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. 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.


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Our Faithfulness to the Past Sue Campbell. Furthermore, she clearly disagrees with the condition regarding visiible that is required by Rorty’s great left liberal hope: To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Social Dynamics Brian Skyrms. This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level.

Answers to the “who” question are always hopeful, for they point to not what we are but who we hope to be. 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 alcoff collective ideal identity.

Rachel McKinnon – – Res Philosophica 92 2: Ebook This title is available as an ebook. Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part aalcoff Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. Sign in Create an account.

In short, I worry that Alcoff does not fully consider the incentives that social identities have to institutionalize and to form bureaucracies. Although the weight of Alcoff’s analysis rests in the first section, the collection of chapters in the 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.

Furthermore, since these categories come with scripts, determined by social expectations and stereotypes, they serve to undermine individual autonomy and individually formed rational life plans. Print Save Cite Email Share.

Visible Identities

Civil War American History: That political point is the fundamental point of this book, and it is delivered through Alcoff’s metaphysical analysis of race, ethnicity, and gender. Leftist Thought in the Twentieth-Century America. Broido – – Inquiry: No keywords specified fix it.

Social Identity in Metaphysics. But identities such as race and Alief in Action and Reaction. This feature of her account is developed in her discussion of mixed race and mestizo identity. 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.

In several chapters the book looks specifically at Latino identity as well, including its relationship to concepts of race, the specific forms of anti-Latino racism, and the politics of mestizo or hybrid identity. She argues in Visible Identities that “what” we are, as well as “where” we are — in terms of our social location — has political implications, although not the deterministic implications that racial nationalists would desire.


Reflections on a Multicultural Society. David Ingram – – Constellations 18 1: The Disuniting of America: Putting her political arguments aside, this is one of Alcoff’s most important contributions to race theory.

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

Philosophical Issues of Identity and Justice. Secondly, for Alcoff, the identities of race and gender are embodied and visible to the world. Tamar Gendler – – Philosophical Studies 1: Academic Skip to main content.

Richard Rorty captured this distinction by framing it in terms of the two questions “what are we? Moral Universalism and Economic Triage,” Diogenes This insistence is alfoff and exclusionary when it is put forward by a society that cultivates what Charles Mills called an epistemology of ignorance about the social role and presence of gender and race, and the historical place of those categories in the formation of modern liberal democracies. The upshot of these features of her account is to further weaken the identitkes objections she analyzes, especially the assumption that such identities lead to narrow, isolated, and separated self-conceptions that undermine national political life.

Visible Identities – Linda Martín Alcoff – Oxford University Press

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. 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 alcogf some sense identjties.

Race, Gender, and Sexuality: Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: Her metaphysical arguments, however, will not satisfy the political worries of the liberal critics of identity.