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Linda Martín Alcoff’s book, Visible Identities, offers a conception of social identities that collects together her work on the metaphysics. Alcoff, Linda. Visible identities:race, gender, and the self/Linda Martın Alcoff. p. cm.—(Studies in feminist philosophy). Includes bibliographical references and. PDF | On Mar 1, , David Ingram and others published Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Alcoff.

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On the Epistemic Costs of Implicit Bias. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Identities Real and Imagined Introduction: Coe – – Hypatia 22 2: Alcoff’s attempt to make a political argument through metaphysical analysis immediately calls to mind the distinction between those two areas of inquiry and their presumed separateness. Within that chapter — which alcodf especially pertinent in the context of our present national discussions of immigration and conflicts between African Americans and Latinos — she criticizes the unjustified focus on black and white concerns and perspectives in national discussions of race.

Mortal Coil rated it really liked it Nov 23, The question remains, who are we? The Identity Crisis in Feminist Theory. This problem is also apparent in her discussion of the black-white binary.

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The book develops a more realistic characterization of identity in general through combining phenomenological approaches to embodiment with hermeneutic concepts of the interpretive horizon.

The Ant Trap Brian Epstein. In several chapters she looks specifically at Latino identity as well, including its relationship to concepts of race, the specific forms of anti-Latino racism, and the politics of mestizo or hybrid identity. Visible Identities fills this gap. Drawing on both philosophical sources as well as theories and empirical studies in the social sciences, Martin Alcoff makes a strong case that identities are not like special interests, nor are they Identiies the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides.


This leads her to ignore the deeper concerns that critics have about identity politics as a species of special interest politics. In Alcoff’s analysis, the social identities of race, ethnicity, and gender function as interpretative horizons. Essays on Ethics and Feminism Sabina Lovibond.

Melissa rated it liked it Dec 17, In Alcoff’s analysis, there are three problems that these liberals and many conservatives have with strongly felt racial, ethnic, or gender identity. Race, Gender, and Sexuality: However, Alcoff does not seek to replace objectivist accounts of social identities with one based on hermeneutics and phenomenology; rather, she thinks that they are consistent and can be fruitfully paired. Rachel rated it liked it Aug 27, They will still want to know how our visible identities can become properly public identities that aid us to understand and motivate us to strive for the common good.

Just a moment ifentities we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Choose your country or region Close. In several chapters she looks specifically at Latino identity as well, including its relationship to concepts of race, the specific forms of anti-Latino racism, and the politics of mestizo or hybrid identity. Her arguments, however, alcovf not address the metaphysical arguments identitues those who question the objective existence of at least one of the central categories of her analysis.

Disorientation and Moral Life Ami Harbin. This tension is especially apparent in Alcoff’s discussion of mixed race identity and the black-white binary. Renee rated it it was ok May 26, Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Groups become centers of power that seek social reproduction and offer measures to encourage loyalty, compel membership, and exclude those who exercise their individual autonomy by not conforming to the group’s will.

Linda Martin Alcoff – manuscript. Julia rated it it was amazing Jun 01, Identitiess 25, Hafsa rated it liked it Shelves: This book is important for thinking through identity in its social formation, especially regarding race. Visible identities, according to Alcoff, are a resource in a pluralistic democracy, and are not to be eschewed for a simple American identity beyond hyphens, race, ethnicity, and gender difference.


Latinos and the categories of race ; Latinos, Asian Americans, and the black-white binary ; On being mixed. Our experience of our identities is not as a mere concept or category; they are the experiences of our bodies in our social worlds, of our embodied visibility.

Race, Gender, and the Self.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Kristin rated it it was ok Jan 09, Strongly felt identities, and the expectation of loyalty and authenticity that comes with them, interferes with public reason and broader democratic deliberation.

Alcoff commences her project by reviewing the claims of liberals, political commentators and academics who espouse the hope of a unified American identity. Paperbackpages. To ask other readers questions about Visible Identitiesplease sign up. End Matter Bibliography Index.

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Relational Knowing and Epistemic Injustice: Added to PP index Total downloads 62, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months identitiss 24, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? For the sake of their own visibility, groups engender the invisibility of other embodied identities.