Identities: Race, Class, Gender, and Nationality / Edition 1

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The breadth and depth of analysis provide a comparative study of identities through multiple theoretical frameworks, making this a perfect classroom text and resource for theorists.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This smart collection of important essays reminds us howprofoundly identity questions infuse the politics of the everyday.An eminently useful reader!" John Kuo Wei Tchen, New YorkUniversity, author of New York Before Chinatown: The Shaping ofAmerican Orientalism, 1776–1882

"A landmark reader in the borderlands of our ‘post’and ‘trans’ existences. Identities demonstratesthe historical centrality of identity to Western philosophy andexplores the philosophical dimensions of our contemporary strugglewith identity, politics, and culture. Alcoff and Mendieta'sselections provide a profound critique as well as a generativeoverview for anyone interested in difference, power, andconstruction of the individual and social self." JohnnellaButler, University of Washington, editor of Color-Line toBorderlands: The Matrix of American Ethnic Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631217220
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/3/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy,Political Science, and Women’s Studies at SyracuseUniversity. Her books include Feminist Epistemologies(edited, with Elizabeth Potter, 1993), Real Knowing: NewVersions of the Coherence Theory of Knowledge (1996),Epistemology: The Big Questions (Blackwell, 1998), andThinking From the Underside of History (edited, with EduardoMendieta, 2000).

Eduardo Mendieta is Associate Professor of Philosophy atthe State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is editor andtranslator of Enrique Dussel's The Underside of Modernity,co-editor of Liberation Theologies, Postmodernity and theAmericas (1997), and author of The Adventures ofTranscendental Philosophy: Karl-Otto Apel’s Semiotics andDiscourse Ethics (2002).

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Table of Contents

Notes on Authors
Introduction: Identities: Modern and Postmodern 1
Pt. I Foundations 9
1 Independence and Dependence of Self-Consciousness 11
2 On the Jewish Question 17
3 Consciousness and What is Unconscious 29
4 The Self 32
Pt. II Race/Ethnicity/Ethnorace 41
5 The Conservation of Races 43
6 The New Negro 49
7 Identity and Dignity in the Context of the National Liberation Struggle 55
8 The Fact of Blackness 62
9 Whiteness as Property 75
10 New Ethnicities 90
11 The Latino Imaginary: Meanings of Community and Identity 96
Pt. III Class and Identity 105
12 Class Consciousness 107
13 Class Consciousness in History 126
14 Preface from The Making of the English Working Class 136
15 Introduction from Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India 139
Pt. IV Gender/Sexuality 147
16 Introduction from The Second Sex 149
17 One Is Not Born a Woman 158
18 Throwing Like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Feminine Body Comportment, Motility, and Spatiality 163
19 Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color 175
20 Gender Trouble, Feminist Theory, and Psychoanalytic Discourse 201
21 Revolutions, Universals, and Sexual Categories 212
22 Sex Before Sexuality: Pederasty, Politics, and Power in Classical Athens 227
23 Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation 244
24 Transsexual Discourses and Languages of Identification 259
Pt. V National/Transnational Identities 269
25 National Identity and Citizenship 271
26 On the Making of Transnational Identities in the Age of Globalization: The US Latina/o-"Latin" American Case 281
27 Globalization as a Problem 295
28 Postcoloniality and the Boundaries of Identity 312
Pt. VI Reconfigurations 331
29 The Clash of Definitions 333
30 Cultural Citizenship, Inequality, and Multiculturalism 336
31 Localism, Globalism and Cultural Identity 342
32 Universalism, Particularism and the Question of Identity 360
33 A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s 369
34 The Epistemic Status of Cultural Identity 392
Afterword: Identities: Postcolonial and Global 407
Subject Index 417
Name Index 424
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