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Identity Before Identity Politics

Identity Before Identity Politics

by Linda Nicholson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521680484

ISBN-13: 9780521680486

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In the late 1960s identity politics emerged on the political landscape and challenged prevailing ideas about social justice. These politics brought forth a new attention to social identity, an attention that continues to divide people today. While previous studies have focused on the political movements of this period, they have neglected the conceptual prehistory

Overview

In the late 1960s identity politics emerged on the political landscape and challenged prevailing ideas about social justice. These politics brought forth a new attention to social identity, an attention that continues to divide people today. While previous studies have focused on the political movements of this period, they have neglected the conceptual prehistory of this political turn. Linda Nicholson's engaging book situates this critical moment in its historical framework, analyzing the concepts and traditions of racial and gender identity that can be traced back to late eighteenth-century Europe and America. She examines how changing ideas about social identity over the last several centuries both helped and hindered successive social movements, and explores the consequences of this historical legacy for the women's and black movements of the 1960s. This insightful study will be of particular interest to students and scholars of political history, identity politics and US history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521680486
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The politics of identity: race and sex before the twentieth century; 2. Freud and the rise of the psychological self; 3. The culture concept and social identity; 4. Before Black Power: constructing an African American identity; 5. Women's identity/women's politics; Epilogue. Identity politics forty years later: assessing their value.

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