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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Visible Identities

Kristin rated it it was ok Jan 09, University Press Scholarship Online. But identities such as race and gender also have a powerful visual and material aspect that eliminativists and social constructionists often underestimate. What she gives us is how race is experienced as real, but she has not established its reality. Josh Landahl rated it liked it Aug 08, It is useful analysis of the issues, especially as public intellectuals close to the Democratic party are visiblr Rorty’s and Schlesinger’s anti-identity arguments, and are advocating, in the pages of the American Prospect and the New Republic, that their party should distance itself from its over-devotion to the language of “diversity” and special interest “rights” and return to the language of the “common good.

Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self by Linda Martín Alcoff

Search my Subject Specializations: In short, I worry that Alcoff does not fully consider the incentives that social identities have to institutionalize and to form bureaucracies. It is worse than naive, moreover, for liberals to insist that individuals can adorn themselves with a mantle of citizenship that would cover up their embodied and visible differences. They are, respectively, the separation, reification, and reasoning problems, and each comes with its own assumptions about the nature of difference.


Identities real and imagined. This problem is also apparent in her discussion of the black-white binary. Answers to the “who” question are always hopeful, for they point to not what we are but who we hope to be. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The four chapters that make up that section are expanded versions of recent work, and take up the bulk of Visible Identities.

The Disuniting of America: I’ve only read excerpts that Dr. Rachel rated it it was amazing Dec 21, 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 the Self. 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. The identity crisis in feminist theory ; The metaphysics of gender and sexual difference — Racialized identities and racist subjects.

This tension is especially apparent in Alcoff’s discussion of mixed race identity and the black-white binary. Rachel McKinnon – – Res Philosophica 92 2: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Don’t have an account? Latinos and the Categories of Race. Jul 23, Dalia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Alclff Knowing and Epistemic Injustice: Philosophical Issues of Identity and Justice.

Social Identity in Metaphysics. Melissa rated it liked it Dec 17, But for the last time, PPR-ists, spit This insistence is malicious and exclusionary when it is put forward by a society that cultivates what Charles Mills called an epistemology of ignorance about the social role and presence of gender and race, and the historical place of those categories in the formation of modern liberal democracies.


Visible Identities: Race, Gender, and the Self

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Alcoff’s introduction of embodiment then reminds us of the specificity of the experience of each category, and the need to account for that specificity in our theories of race, ethnicity, and gender.

She attempts such a pairing in her sixth chapter, where she defends the controversial theory that the “objective basis of visiblf categories is in the differential relationship to reproductive capacity between men and women For the sake of their own visibility, groups engender the invisibility of other embodied identities.

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. A worthwhile read, I’ll come back to this and read more later.

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