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Title: Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self
Authors: Linda Martín Alcoff
Chesire Calhoun
Keywords: Group identity
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Description: Identity is today a growth industry in the academy. Generic ‘‘Man’’ has been overthrown by scholars and researchers who have realized the importance of taking identity into account— whether by taking gender into account in studies of cancer and heart disease or by taking race into account in studies of history and literature. The constitutive power of gender, race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and other forms of social identity has, finally, suddenly, been recognized as a relevant aspect of almost all projects of inquiry. Yet at the same time, the concern with identity has come under major attack from many oddly aligned fronts—academic postmodernists, political liberals and leftists, conservative politicians, and others— in the academy as well as in the mainstream media. It may be widely conceded that generic ‘‘Man’’ was a rhetorical cover for the agency of a single subgroup, but many still pine for the lost discourse of generic universality, for the days when differences could be disregarded
ISBN: 978-0-19-513734-7
Appears in Collections:Gender Studies

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