Visible identities:race, gender, and the self/Linda Martın Alcoff. p. cm.—(Studies in feminist philosophy). Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. Visible. PDF | On Mar 1, , David Ingram and others published Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Alcoff.

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Request removal from index. Other features of Alcoff’s account of social identities are familiar ideas in debates about the metaphysics of social identities. Academic Skip to main content. Broido – – Inquiry: While she places the social identities she analyzes within the context of group interaction, her emphasis on hybridity and multiplicity allows for enough divergence so that three problems with identity identitiees avoided.

Identities are historical formations and their political implications are open to interpretation. From sociological to analytic philosophical investigations about race, objectivist analyses have dominated, and have all been concerned with the social structures that make race salient in individual and group life, the level to which such human categories parallel deep biological alcofd, and whether those categories are in some sense real.

Located as we are within our embodied identities, it is naive for liberals to insist that individuals who recognize and seek recognition of their embodied lacoff are “reifying” those identities. Modern Identities Between Taylor and Foucault. Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Alcoff.

Visible Identities – Linda Martín Alcoff – Oxford University Press

Choose your country or region Close. Relational Knowing and Epistemic Injustice: Alcoff would disagree with the completeness of the distinction that Rorty drew. What she gives us is how race is experienced as real, but she has not established its reality. The upshot of these features of her account is to further weaken the three objections she analyzes, especially the assumption that such identities lead ieentities narrow, isolated, and separated self-conceptions that undermine national political life.


But identities such as race and gender also have a powerful visual and material aspect that eliminativists and social vsiible often underestimate.

Drawing on both philosophical sources as well as theories and empirical studies in the social sciences, this book makes a strong case that identities are not like special interests, nor are they doomed to oppositional politics, nor do they inevitably lead to conformism, essentialism, or reductive approaches to judging others.

Xlcoff third problem charges that strongly felt social identities interfere with rational deliberation, especially concerning political, ethical, and cultural matters.

In the heated debates over identity politics, few theorists have looked carefully at the conceptualizations of identity assumed by all sides. Gaile Pohlhaus – – Hypatia 27 4: However, Alcoff does not seek to replace objectivist accounts of social identities iddntities one based on hermeneutics and phenomenology; rather, she thinks that they are consistent and can alclff fruitfully paired. In short, I worry that Alcoff does not fully consider the incentives that social identities have to institutionalize and to form bureaucracies.


The question remains, who are we? But identities such as race and Alcoff introduces her conception of embodiment and visibility in the fourth chapter, “Real Identities,” but she expands it in chapters six, “The Metaphysics of Gender and Sexual Difference,” seven, “The Phenomenology of Racial Embodiment,” and eight, “Racism and Visible Race.


The second problem claims that these identities reify what are really illusory categories. On the Epistemic Costs of Implicit Bias.

Linda Martin Alcoff – manuscript. Although Alcoff does present cogent answers to the three objections against identity, especially insofar as those objections are based in metaphysical and epistemological assumptions about race, ethnicity, and gender, her analysis in the fourth idenities, “Real Identities,” does not address the objections of those who hold the positions of racial nominalism, skepticism, or eliminativism.

Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. This leads her to ignore the deeper concerns that critics have about identity politics as a species of special interest politics. Identities are historical formations and their political implications are open alxoff interpretation.

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

Simply put, critics charge that identity politics compels individuals to value the good of their group over that of the common good. Subscriber Login Email Address. For the sake of their own visibility, groups engender the invisibility of other embodied identities. Furthermore, since these categories come with scripts, determined by social expectations and stereotypes, they serve to undermine individual autonomy and individually formed rational life plans. Allison Weir – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 35 5: The Metaphysics of Gender and Sexual Difference.

The Pathologizing of Identity.