Identity Politics in the Women's Movement

Identity Politics in the Women's Movement

by Barbara Ryan
     
 

In recent years, identity has come to be seen as a process rather than a fact or deterministic force. Yet, recognizable identity traits continue to draw people together and provide them with a sense of empowering commonality. Although the plasticity afforded identity has freed up rigid definitions and guidelines for affiliation, some believe that nebulous

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In recent years, identity has come to be seen as a process rather than a fact or deterministic force. Yet, recognizable identity traits continue to draw people together and provide them with a sense of empowering commonality. Although the plasticity afforded identity has freed up rigid definitions and guidelines for affiliation, some believe that nebulous demarcations of identity may deprive women of a solid position from which to effectively contest centers of power.

Bringing together articles by well-known authors and theorists such as Audre Lourde, June Jordan, Daphne Patai, Barbara Smith, Marilyn Frye, Shane Phelan, Leila J. Rupp, Hazel Carby, and Adrienne Rich with lesser-known writers and scholars, this broad-based anthology ranges widely from personal narratives to empirical research. The book unpacks issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, and age, contributing a mélange of sharp, lively perspectives to current debate.

In a postmodern era of feminism, how do women come to identify, organize and mobilize themselves within a complex global network of relationships? Identity Politics in the Women's Movement offers critical examination of the inescapable role of identity in academic and activist feminism and the opportunities, challenges and conflicts identity politics pose.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814774793
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Identity Politics: The Past, the Present, and the Future1
Pt. IThe Problem: Questions and Challenges
1The Politics of Difference19
2The Anti-Politics of Identity23
3The Fate of the Commons35
4The Struggle for Feminist Purity Threatens the Goals of Feminism39
5Identity Politics and Progress: Don't Fence Me In (or Out)43
6On Whose Behalf? Feminist Ideology and Dilemmas of Constituency47
Pt. IIClaiming an Identity
7The Black Feminist Statement59
8Who Am I If I'm Not My Father's Daughter? A Southerner Confronts Racism and Anti-Semitism67
9"We Are Who You Are": Feminism and Disability71
10Becoming the Third Wave78
11The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action81
Pt. IIIMultiple Identities
12Presenting the Blue Goddess: Toward a Bicultural Asian-American Feminist Agenda87
13Sex Radical Politics, Sex-Positive Feminist Thought, and Whore Stigma92
14I Brake for Feminists: Debates and Divisions within Women's Studies103
15Changing the Subject: Male Feminism, Class Identity, and the Politics of Location109
16Report from the Bahamas120
Pt. IVWomanist/Black Feminist Perspectives
17Black Women's Collectivist Movement Organizations: Their Struggles during the "Doldrums"129
18Introduction to Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology146
19The Occult of True Black Womanhood: Critical Demeanor and Black Feminist Studies163
20ink: black on white178
Pt. VDeconstructing Sex and Gender
21The Strange Case of Jackie East: When Identities Collide183
22Differences and Identities: Feminism and the Albuquerque Lesbian Community197
23Lesbian Community: Heterodox Congregation208
24Messages of Exclusion: Gender, Movements, and Symbolic Boundaries211
25Seventies Questions for Nineties Women227
Pt. VILessons on Inclusiveness
26Challenging Imperialism in International Women's Organizations, 1888-1945245
27Organizing International Women's Day in the Niagara Peninsula261
28Sharing Power: A Latina in NOW271
29A Writing Spider Tries Again: From Separatist to Coalitional Identity Politics277
30"Look at the World through Women's Eyes": On Empathy and International Civil Society291
Pt. VIIBuilding a Movement for the Twenty-First Century
31Rethinking Identity Politics307
32Our Difference Is Our Strength315
33Having It All: The Search for Identity and Community320
34If Not with Others, How?334
35What Is Difficult Can Be Done at Once. What Is Impossible Takes a Little Longer: The Beijing Conference339
Contributors346
Index353

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