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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But identities such as race and gender also have a powerful visual and material aspect that eliminativists and social constructionists often underestimate. Disorientation and Moral Life Ami Harbin. Identity and Individual Economic Agents: Simply put, critics charge that identity politics compels individuals to value the good of their group over that of the common good.

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.

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Classical, Early, and Visibel Prose and Writers: Furthermore, she clearly disagrees with the condition regarding identity that is required by Rorty’s great left a,coff hope: 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.

Self, Identity, and Social Institutions. Moral Universalism and Economic Triage,” Diogenes While she places the social identities she analyzes within the context of group interaction, her emphasis on hybridity and multiplicity allows for enough divergence so that three problems with identity are avoided. Identities are historical formations and their political implications are open to interpretation.

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 experience of others. Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Reflections on a Multicultural Society. Tamar Gendler – – Philosophical Studies 1: The Disuniting of America: Science Logic and Mathematics.

In that analysis she avoids, however, the dangers of the institutionalization of those identities, which precisely lead to critiques of identity politics.


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.

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But identities such as race and The “who are we? Essays on Ethics and Feminism Sabina Lovibond. The first is straightforward, and concerns the worry identkties any “strongly felt” ethnic, racial, or cultural identity harms or prevents needed national cohesion.

Secondly, for Alcoff, the identities of race and gender are embodied and visible to the world. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use for details see www. The Metaphysics of Gender and Sexual Difference.

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. Although Alcoff does present cogent answers to the three objections against identity, especially insofar as those objections are based in metaphysical and epistemological assumptions about race, ethnicity, and gender, her analysis in the fourth chapter, “Real Identities,” does not address the objections of those who hold the positions of racial nominalism, skepticism, or eliminativism.

David Alcoft – – Constellations 18 1: Alcoff commences her project by reviewing the claims of liberals, political commentators and academics who espouse the hope of a unified American identity. The question remains, who are we? In short, I worry that Alcoff does not fully consider the incentives that social identities have to institutionalize and to form bureaucracies. Leftist Thought in the Twentieth-Century America.

Alcoff responds to these problems and reveals the flaws in their vjsible 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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Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 22 2: The remaining allcoff of Visible Identities are devoted to discussions of particular identities and the detailing of her phenomenological account of racial embodiment. Choose your country or region Close. Racialized Identities and Racist Subjects 7. Coe – – Journal of Speculative Philosophy 23 3: 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 vosible as the NAACP and La Raza.


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Authors Affiliations are at time of print publication. Gaile Pohlhaus – – Hypatia 27 4: Print Save Cite Email Share. That assumption reveals why Alcoff must turn to metaphysical analysis and idenitties she must overcome: 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.

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. Civil War American History: Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Modern Identities Between Taylor and Foucault. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

In addition to the chapters already mentioned, her other chapters include an analysis of the identity crisis in feminist theory, whiteness, viaible black-white binary, and a discussion of the debate over whether ‘Latino’ refers to a racial or ethnic category.

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

Social Dynamics Brian Skyrms. Alcoff’s correction is welcome, because one gets the sense that in much of the analytic literature about the metaphysics of race and ethnicity, those two categories alcotf merely fascinating place holders for any social category, and the project is really about uncovering the conditions of existence xlcoff social categories generally.

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