Identity Before Identity Politics

Identity Before Identity Politics

by Linda Nicholson
     
 

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… See more details below

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 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 study will be of particular interest to students and scholars of political history, identity politics and US history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521680486
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1 The politics of identity: race and sex before the twentieth century 9

Introduction to chapters 2 and 3 35

2 Freud and the rise of the psychological self 38

3 The culture concept and social identity 65

Introduction to chapters 4 and 5 92

4 Before Black Power: constructing an African American identity 94

5 Women's identity/women's politics 139

Epilogue: identity politics forty years later: assessing their value 176

Index 187

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