Identity Politics Reconsidered

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 22, 2006 - Political Science - 289 pages
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Based on the ongoing work of the agenda-setting Future of Minority Studies national research project, Identity Politics Reconsidered reconceptualizes the scholarly and political significance of social identity. It focuses on the deployment of "identity" within ethnic-, women's-, disability-, and gay and lesbian studies in order to stimulate discussion about issues that are simultaneously theoretical and practical, ranging from ethics and epistemology to political theory and pedagogical practice. This collection of powerful essays by both well-known and emerging scholars offers original answers to questions concerning the analytical legitimacy of "identity" and "experience," and the relationships among cultural autonomy, moral universalism, and progressive politics.

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Linda Martin Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at Syracuse University. She is the author of Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory(1996) and the co-editor of Feminist Epistemologies (1993), Thinking From the Underside of History (2000), and Identities: Race, Class, Gender, and Nationality (2002). Her most recent book, Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self, is forthcoming from Oxford. Michael Hames-Garcia is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Binghamton University (State University of New York). He is the author of Fugitive Thought: Prison Movements, Race, and the Meaning of Justice (2004) and the co-editor, with Paula M. L. Moya, of Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism (2000). Satya P. Mohanty is Professor of English at Cornell University and Director of the Future of Minority Studies Summer Institute. He is the author of Literary Theory and the Claims of History: Postmodernism, Objectivity, Multicultural Politics (1997). His research interests include critical theory, the novel, social and cultural identity, ethics and aesthetics, and "comparative Indian literature." Paula M. L. Moya is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) at Stanford University. She is the author of Learning from Experience: Minority Identities, Multicultural Struggles (2002) and the co-editor, with Michael Hames-Garcia, of Reclaiming Identity: Realist Theory and the Predicament of Postmodernism (2000).