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

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This anthology provides the definitive theoretical sources of contemporary thinking about identity, including explorations of race, class, gender, and nationality. Explores the long and rich tradition of philosophical analysis and debate over the genesis, contours, and political effects of identity categories. Provides the definitive theoretical sources and contemporary debates by leading theorists such as selections from Hegel, Marx, Freud, DuBois, Beauvoir, Luk cs, Fanon, Hall, Guha, Hobsbawm, Wittig, Butler, Halperin, R. Robertson, Said, and LaClau. Combines general and specific analyses of particular identity categories: race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, class, nationality. Allows for a comparative study of identities through multiple theoretical frameworks.

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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: 9780631217237
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/3/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,154,114
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.28 (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 LindaMartín Alcoff.

Part I: Foundations.

1. Independence and Dependence of Self-Consciousness: G.W.F.Hegel.

2. On the Jewish Question: Karl Marx.

3. Consciousness and What is Unconscious: Sigmund Freud.

4. The Self: George Herbert Mead.

Part II: Race/Ethnicity/Ethnorace.

5. The Conservation of Races: W.E.B. Du Bois.

6. The New Negro: Alain Locke.

7. Identity and Dignity in the Context of the NationalLiberation Struggle: Amilcar Cabral.

8. The Fact of Blackness: Frantz Fanon.

9. Whiteness as Property: Cheryl I. Harris.

10. New Ethnicities: Stuart Hall.

11. The Latino Imaginary: Meanings of Community and Identity:Juan Flores.

Part III: Class and Identity.

12. Class Consciousness: Georg Lukács.

13. Class Consciousness in History: E. J. Hobsbawm.

14. Preface from The Making of the English Working Class:E.P. Thompson.

15. Introduction from Elementary Aspects of PeasantInsurgency in Colonial India: Ranajit Guha.

Part IV: Gender/Sexuality.

16. Introduction from The Second Sex: Simone deBeauvoir.

17. One Is Not Born a Woman: Monique Wittig.

18. Throwing Like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Feminine BodyComportment, Motility, and Spatiality: Iris Marion Young.

19. Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics,and Violence Against Women of Color: Kimberlé Crenshaw.

20. Gender Trouble, Feminist Theory and PsychoanalyticDiscourse: Judith Butler.

21. Revolutions, Universals and Sexual Categories: JohnBoswell.

22. Sex Before Sexuality: Pederasty, Politics, and Power inClassical Athens: David M. Halperin.

23. Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation: Teresa deLauretis.

24. Transsexual Discourses and Languages of Identification:Jason Cromwell.

Part V: National/Transnational Identities.

25. National Identity and Citizenship: Ross Poole.

26. On the Making of Transnational Identities in the Age ofGlobalization: The US Latina/o – ‘Latin” AmericanCase: Daniel Mato.

27. Globalization as a Problem: Roland Robertson.

28. Postcoloniality and the Boundaries of Identity: R.Rhadakrishnan.

Part VI: Reconfigurations.

29. The Clash of Definitions: Edward W. Said.

30. Cultural Citizenship, Inequality, and Multiculturalism:Renato Rosaldo.

31. Localism, Globalism and Cultural Identity: MikeFeatherstone.

32. Universalism, Particularism, and the Question of Identity:Ernesto Laclau.

33. A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and SocialistFeminism in the 1980s: Donna Haraway.

34. The Epistemic Status of Cultural Identity: Satya P.Mohanty.

Afterword: Identities: Postcolonial and Global: EduardoMendieta.

Subject Index.

Name Index.

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