Healing Identities / Edition 1

Healing Identities / Edition 1

by Cynthia Burack
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801489377

ISBN-13: 9780801489372

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Group identifications famously pose the problem of destructive rhetoric and action against others. Cynthia Burack brings together the theory work of women of color and the tools of psychoanalysis to examine the effects of group collaborations for social justice and progressive politics. This juxtaposition illuminates some assumptions about race and equality encoded

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Group identifications famously pose the problem of destructive rhetoric and action against others. Cynthia Burack brings together the theory work of women of color and the tools of psychoanalysis to examine the effects of group collaborations for social justice and progressive politics. This juxtaposition illuminates some assumptions about race and equality encoded in psychoanalysis. Burack's discursive analysis suggests the positive, identity-affirming aspects of group relational life for African American women.One analytic response to groups emphasizes the dangers of these identifications and exhorts people to abandon or transcend them for their own good and for the good of others who may be harmed by group-based forms of cultural or material violence. Another response understands that people feel a need for group identifications and asks how they may be made more resistant to malignant group-based discourse and action.What can black feminist thought teach scholars and democratic citizens about groups? Burack shows how the rhetoric of black feminism models reparative, rather than destructive, forms of group dialogue and action. Although it may be impossible to eliminate group identifications that provide much of the impetus for bias and violence, she argues, we can encourage more progressive forms of leadership, solidarity, and coalition politics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801489372
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Psychoanalysis and Social Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Psychoanalysis, race, and racism10
2From psychoanalysis to political theory35
3Reparative group leadership62
4Conflict and authenticity89
5Bonding and solidarity115
6Coalitions and reparative politics142
Notes169
Index199

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