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This anthology combines analyses and surveys of contemporary theorizing on social identity. The editors redirect classic philosophical questions about personal identity to the categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Readings consist of scholarly, popular, autobiographical, and literary writings that engage issues in racial theory, social and political philosophy, and feminism. A fifth part of the book on intersections illustrates the conceptual problems with essentialism and the taxonomy of identity politics. The importance of narrative accounts of social life within these significant identity categories is emphasized throughout the volume.
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"This collection provides both classic and creative new analyses of four kinds of social identity that have been the focus of so much recent scholarly research, intellectual debate, and social policy. The excellent selection of papers in each area reflects the valuable resources that these philosophers bring to the project. This first-rate anthology will be a gift not only for philosophers but also for teachers and scholars in many disciplines, and for policy analysts." Sandra Harding, University of California, Los Angeles

"A welcome addition...I highly recommend the volume." James Wong, Dialogue, Vol 40.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631208754
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/17/1998
  • Series: Philosophy: The Big Questions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Naomi Zack is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Albany. She is the author of Race and Mixed Race (1993), Bachelors of Science: Seventeenth Century Identity Then and Now (1996), Thinking About Race (1998). She is the Editor of American Mixed Race: The Culture of Microdiversity (1995) and Race/Sex: Their Sameness, Difference, and Interplay (1997).

Laurie Shrage is Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy at California State Polytechmic University, Pomona. She is the author of Moral Dilemmas of Feminism: Prostitution, Adultery, and Abortion (1994).

Crispin Sartwell is Associate Professor of Humanities at Pennsylvania State University, Capital College. He is the author of The Art of Living: Aesthetics of the Ordinary in World Spiritual Traditions (1995), Obscenity, Anarchy, Reality (1996), and Act Like You Know: African-American Autobiography and White Identity.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors
Introduction 1
1 The Real Status of Blacks Today 15
2 The Uncompleted Argument: Du Bois and the Illusion of Race 28
3 Racism in the Head, Racism in the World 43
4 The Status of Blacks in Academic Philosophy 48
5 Reverse Discrimination as Unjustified 50
6 The Morality of Reparation 55
7 The Fact of Blackness 61
8 Prison of Color 66
9 Mixed Black and White Race and Public Policy 73
10 Civil Government is for Defence of Rich Against Poor 95
11 Manifesto of the Communist Party 99
12 Economy and Society 116
13 Men and Jobs 122
14 Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of the "Other": an Intellectual and Spiritual Journey 133
15 Gilded Lilies and Liberal Guilt 141
16 Working-class Culture 153
17 Gender Treachery: Homophobia, Masculinity, and Threatened Identities 168
18 Interpreting "Gender" 187
19 A Matter of Discipline: Reading for Gender in Jewish Philosophy 212
20 Stages on Kant's Way: Aesthetics, Morality and the Gendered Sublime 227
21 Saint Foucault 255
22 Refiguring Lesbian Desire 268
23 Markets in Women's Sexual Labor 281
24 Talking Sex 302
25 Deconstructive Strategies and the Movement against Sexual Violence 308
26 Mother Tongue 332
27 Confessions of a Nice Negro, or Why I Shaved My Head 337
28 The Green Frog Skin 345
29 Aren't You in the Wrong Neighborhood? 350
30 Sunset Trailer Park 358
31 Culture of Complaint 369
32 Have We Got a Theory for You! 374
33 A Long Line of Vendidas 389
Index 401
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